The purpose of the McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Act is to ensure that all homeless children have equal access to the same free appropriate public education, including public preschool education, provided to children and youth who are permanently housed. The Education of Homeless Children and Youth program provides funds to school districts to develop and implement strategies and model programs which “facilitate the enrollment, attendance and success in school of homeless children and youth.” Funds may be used for educational services (including tutoring); expedited evaluations; awareness training; health services; excess cost of transportation; early childhood programs; record keeping; parent programs; coordinating services; violence prevention; providing supplies, services and learning environments at shelters and other temporary housing facilities.
Federal Statute: No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title X, Part C
State Statute: Education Law §§1502 and 3602
NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS SERVED: SY 2013-14; 41,670 (Number of students served by 34 programs that include174 LEAs funded by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act)