Foster Care Liaison

ESSA Foster Care (February 2015) Final

The Education of Children and Youth in Foster Care
In the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act  (February 2015)

Currently, the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth program contains a definition of homeless that includes the phrase “awaiting foster care placement.” States and local school districts must determine which children are considered to be “awaiting foster care placement.”

CPPP, Grandparents Without Support

Keeping Kids with Family:  How Texas Can Better Support Kinship Care

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)

Across Texas, family members and friends have stepped up to provide homes for children whose parents cannot care for them. These “kinship care” arrangements include all children who receive care from grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, cousins and close family friends for a given period of time.

Who Is Homeless?

Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.; hereafter the McKinney-Vento Act), reauthorized in 2015 by Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. This brief explains the legislation and offers strategies for implementing it… Read more »

Head Start and Early Head Start For Children in Out-of-Home Care

Head Start is a federally funded program for preschool children in economically disadvantaged families. This comprehensive child development program offers an array of educational, health, social, and other services, with a particular focus on early reading and math skills. Head Start also provides health screenings that include physicals, immunizations, dental examinations, vision and hearing screenings, and mental health assessments. Early Head Start provides services to children birth to three years of age and their families, as well as pregnant women.