MCKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS EDUCATION ASSISTANCE IMPROVEMENTS ACT OF 2001
On July 22, 1987, the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act became public law. This was the first comprehensive federal law dealing with the problems of homelessness in America. Recently included in the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, it is now called the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001.
Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program was established to make sure homeless youth have access to a free and appropriate public education while removing barriers that homeless children face. Its goal is to have the educational process continue as uninterrupted as possible while the children are in homeless situations. Some of the other main objectives of Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program are to inform local school districts of their responsibilities to homeless children and youth, to increase awareness about the needs of homeless children, explain current laws and policies, and provide practical tips for working with homeless children.
Below are additional resources pertaining to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act:
- UPSD Homeless Students Rights and Responsibilities Handbook
- Free Lunch Procedures for Migrant, Homeless, and Runaway Children and Youth Procedures (PDF)
- McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
- Nonregulatory Guidance-Education for Homeless Children and Youth (PDF)
- The 126 Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Education Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations (PDF)
- What You Need to Know to Help Your Child in School A Guide for Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers
- McKinney-Vento Eligibility Flowchart
- BEC regarding Homeless Education
Questions regarding homelessness should be directed to:
Andrea J. Farina, Ed.D
Phone: 267-679-7961 ext. 2466