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Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program Non-Regulatory Guidance


Guidance on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.), including information on transportation, access to extracurricular activities, safe and supportive climates for homeless students, and discipline.  The McKinney-Vento Act was originally authorized in 1987 and most recently re-authorized in December 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which provided for a number of changes to McKinney-Vento.  The Act's intent is to ensure thar all homeless children and youth have access to a free and appropriate education, including public preschool.  This includes removing barriers to enrollment, collaborating with other service agencies, identifying students who are homeless and providing school stability "including the expansion of school of origin to include preschools and receiving schools and the provision of transportation until the end of the school year, even if a student becomes permanently housed."

SEAs and LEAs must begin implementing the new McKinney-Vento Act requirements by October 1, 2016 except for the removal of the wording “awaiting foster care” from the definition of “homeless children and youths.” This change is effective on December 10, 2016, for most States.



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