at Advocates for Children
151 West 30th Street
New York, NY 10001
NYS-TEACHS provides technical assistance to school districts, social service providers, shelters, families, youth and others about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act [PDF]. Our services include:
- A Toll Free Helpline for questions about school-related issues (800-388-2014);
- On-site trainings, webinars, and annual McKinney-Vento Workshops on the education of students in temporary housing; and
- Free Posters and Brochures in multiple languages with information about the rights of students in temporary housing.
Frequently Used Links:
New and Noteworthy
We have posted the list of our upcoming webinars to close out the school year. Webinars begin on January 14th and run through the end of May. Register now by following the link above. Space is limited.
During the 2013-2014 school year, NYS-TEACHS and the State Education Department presented 5 McKinney-Vento Workshops across New York State. Click the link above for archived materials from these workshops.
The Food and Nutrition Service issued this policy memo (USDA Memo SP 11-2014) on December 3, 2013. It establishes a new policy that allows LEAs (school districts, BOCES, and charter schools) to establish the date of submission of a school meal application as the effective date of eligibility, rather than the date a school official approves the application. This applies to household income applications, as well as when schools are waiting for documentation of other source categorical eligibility (e.g., for homeless or migrant children) indicated on a household application. This policy will improve access to school meals for low-income children by allowing them to access free or reduced-price school meals during the eligibility determination period. It also could assist LEAs that are experiencing challenges with unpaid debt.
September 2013 NYSED Homeless Guidance for Permanent Placement / McKinney-Vento Eligible Students and Tuition Reimbursement
This September 26, 2013, Field Memo from the NY State Education Department clarifies when a school district can receive additional state aid for instruction (also sometimes referred to as tuition reimbursement) for the cost of educating a student in temporary housing and how to request such aid.
September 2013 Workshops and Webinars are now posted!
NYSED requires that all school districts participate in a McKinney-Vento Workshop or Webinar this school year. Register now!
This June 28, 2013 guidance outlines the responsibility of districts to set aside or reserve a portion of their Title I funding for students in temporary housing, offers formulas for determining the set-aside amount, and describes ways in which set-aside funding may be used.
June 2013 Unaccompanied Youth Issue Brief [PDF]
This brief from NCHE explains the rights of unaccompanied youth and what homeless liaisons can do to help.
This Field Memo answers common questions related to how McKinney-Vento applies to Charter Schools including: how to determine which school district pays the charter school tuition, who provides transportation, and reimbursement.
NYSED's 2013 Field Memo on McKinney-Vento and Summer School
Homeless or temporarily housed students who are required to attend summer school continue to have their McKinney-Vento rights, which include enrollment and transportaiton.
Upcoming Workshops and Trainings
Regional Training at Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Regional Training at Greater Southern Tier BOCES
9 am - 11 am
Educational Stability for Students in Out-of-Home Care (NYC)
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Educational Stability for Students in Out-of-Home Care (NYS)
10:00 am - 11:30 am