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PLEASE NOTE: In some cases, the resources on this page may not be current.
Important changes related to McKinney-Vento were included in the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). The changes went into effect October 1, 2016, and include: expanded transportation protections until the end of the school year for temporarily housed students who move into permanent housing, the inclusion of preschool in the definition of "school of origin" (children can stay in their school of origin and receive transportation to that school), and changes to the dispute resolution process which include the provision of all McKinney-Vento related services (for example, continued enrollment and transportation) until a final decision is issued. For more information about ESSA changes to the McKinney-Vento Act, see the State Education Department's Field Memo regarding Implementation of Changes to McKinney-Vento Homeless Act as a Result of Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act.
Please continue to check here for updated information about how new laws will impact policies and procedures in New York State, and as always, feel free to contact NYS-TEACHS at 800-388-2014 with any questions you may have.
Awareness Materials: Videos, Curricula, and Publications
Click on the links below for awareness materials that can aid in informing, training, and discussing the McKinney-Vento Act and homeless education with school personnel and area social service providers.
Resources for Schools & Service Providers
This brief from the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) provides an overview of issues within the field of homeless education, and is particularly helpful for introducing new people to the field or introducing the issue to those outside of the field.
This NCHE webpage provides an overview of how administrators and teachers can support the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. It discusses educational barriers faced by homeless students and lists needs of homeless students according to age group.
One-page guides to McKinney-Vento, customized for Social Workers, Teachers, School/District Leadership, Pupil Transportation Directors, School Nurses, Secretaries/Enrollment Personnel, and Parents.
This brief from NCHE explains the main responsibilities of school districts (LEAs) under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
This brief from NCHE explains the role and responsibilities of the Local Homeless Education Liaison, which every school district (LEA) in the country is required to appoint under federal law.
These warning signs are common signs of homelessness that can be shared with professionals working with students. (From NCHE)
These free resources from Hear Us, Inc. will assist in training teachers and other professionals on the ins-and-outs of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and on how to meet the needs of homeless students.
Publications for Children and Youth
This webpage from the Institute for Children and Poverty includes titles and purchasing information for various curricula focusing on the issue of homelessness.
This children's book from author Pat Van Doren and artist Wanda Platt reveals the struggle young Susan and her mom have when they lose their home and have to stay in a shelter.
This children's book from author Pat Van Doren and artist Wanda Platt follows Where Can I Build My Volcano's Susan as she grows up and she and her family move from being homeless to living in a place of their own. The book inspires readers to believe that, with support, homeless children can rise to great possibilities.
This video simulation, a collaborative project between NYS-TEACHS and the Urban Arts Partnership, demonstrates the ways in which conversation between school staff and a parent can affect the school registration process. In this Choose Your Own Adventure-style video, you will act as registration staff and respond to a parent who has come to register her daughter in school.
The Legal Aid Society has launched a series of Know Your Rights videos and brochures to help inform and educate New Yorkers about a number of legal matters, including the rights of students in temporary housing.
'Inocente' is the 2013 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Short and tells the story of a talented-15 -year old Latina who, as an undocumented homeless immigrant, fiercely pursues her dream of becoming an artist.
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) created five short awareness videos which are available on YouTube. These clips consist of students and McKinney-Vento liaisons interviewing each other about their experiences.
A 15 minute film produced by the Public Justice Center and Megaphone Project, "Beyond Debate: Rights of Homeless Students" is a short drama illustrating the power of a federal law that fosters educational stability for homeless students.
This 13-minute video from the National Coalition for the Homeless is a great resource to begin a group discussion about homelessness in America or to use with a "Faces of Homelessness" panel presentation.
This educational resource from The Reading Rainbow includes a feature book, Fly Away Home; a video about families in homeless situations; a teacher's guide; a social sciences guide; and a family activities guide.
This video from the Texas Region XIII Education Service Center Homeless Education Project explores the issue of the immediate enrollment of children and youth experiencing homelessness through information and interviews.
My Own Four Walls 2009 is a collection of short documentaries depicting homelessness as experienced by children and teens in non-urban areas of the country.
This video from Hear Us, Inc. explains the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness, with special emphasis on educating incarcerated parents on how to advocate for their children's education during periods of incarceration.
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