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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.

McKinney-Vento Liaisons

Resources | Laws and Policies

The McKinney-Vento Act requires all Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), which includes all school districts, charter schools, and BOCES, to designate an appropriate staff person to serve as the LEA Liaison. The LEA liaison is sometimes referred to as the McKinney-Vento or homeless liaison. Click on the links below for tools that liaisons can use in helping to answer general questions about the McKinney-Vento Act.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Find answers to commonly asked questions about liaison responsibilities under the McKinney-Vento Act.


Confirming Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Services: Do's and Don'ts for Local Liaisons [PDF]

This document provides helpful information on what to do and what not to do when determining if a student is eligibile for services under McKinney-Vento.

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) Liaison Toolkit [PDF]

This toolkit is intended to assist LEA liaisons by providing information on increasing access to and success in education for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

A McKinney-Vento Toolbox: Constructing a Robust and Rigorous Homeless Education Program [PDF]

This toolbox is designed to help school districts fully implement the McKinney-Vento Act, in an effort to address the needs of children and youth in temporary housing on a daily basis and in times of disaster.

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) Identification Issue Brief [PDF]

This brief identifies the key provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act dealing with the identification of homeless children and youth and offers strategies for implementation.

A Guide to Counting Unsheltered Homeless People [PDF]

This guide, published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and updated in September 2006, describes several methods for identifying, counting, and learning about homeless people outside of shelters or other residential programs within a local homeless assistance network. Information about these approaches was gathered from communities throughout the country; examples of their methods are provided throughout the guide.

Delivering Educational Services to Students Experiencing Homelessness: The Challenges and Successes of New York State LEA Liaisons [Word doc]

This research report analyzes responses by New York State LEA liaisons to the 2006 NYS-TEACHS LEA Liaison Survey. The confidential Survey, completed by approximately 500 liaisons in New York State in the summer of 2006, focused on the successes and challenges in implementing the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

McKinney-Vento - Law Into Practice: Local Homeless Education Liaisons

This issue brief provides an overiew of the responsibilities of the liaison and strategies for carrying out those responsibilities.

Laws and Policies

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act [PDF]

McKinney-Vento liaison responsibilities are discussed in Section 722(g)(6)(A).

New York State Education Law Section 3209 [Word doc]

Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Concerning Homeless Children and Youth Section 100.2(x)

The responsibilities of the LEA Liaison are discussed in Section 100.2 (x) (7) (iii).


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