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Federal funding is available to help serve students who are homeless through the State Education Department's Homeless Education Program in the form of competitive subgrants to school districts. The program awards competitive, three-year subgrants to school districts to facilitate the enrollment, attendance, and academic success of homeless children and youth. Subgrants are needs-based, and take into account the number of children and youth who are homeless and enrolled in preschool, elementary school, and secondary schools within the school district. Examples of services that may be provided using subgrant funds include:
- Expedited evaluations;
- Professional development to raise awareness and sensitivity to the needs of homeless children and youths;
- Referral services for medical, dental, mental, and other health services;
- Early childhood education programs;
- Services to attract, engage, and retain homeless children and youth in school;
- Before- and after-school, mentoring, and summer programs;
- Payment of fees associated with obtaining records;
- Training for parents of homeless children and youths about the rights of, and resources available to their children;
- Coordination activities between schools and agencies providing services to homeless children and youths;
- Violence prevention counseling and other pupil services;
- Activities to address the particular needs of homeless children and youths that may arise from domestic violence;
- Adaptation of space and purchase of supplies for any nonschool facilities to provide services using subgrant funds;
- School supplies; and
- Extraordinary or emergency assistance needed to enable homeless children and youths to attend school.
For a more complete description of these activities, please see Section 723(d) of the McKinney-Vento Act below. Subgrant funds may also be used to provide other activities not listed above. For more information about allowable activities, please contact the Homeless Education Program at the State Education Department at (518) 473-0295.
Find answers to commonly asked questions about McKinney-Vento Subgrant Funding.
This spreadsheet details the school districts and BOCES awarded Subgrants for the 2011-2013 cycle, the amounts awarded for July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012, and the districts to be served by each subgrant.
This spreadsheet details the school districts and BOCES awarded Subgrants for the 2011-2013 cycle, the amounts awarded for January 1 - June 30, 2011, and the districts to be served by each subgrant.
This spreadsheet details the LEAs that received subgrant funding from 2007-2010.
This resource from the National Center for Homeless Education provides an updated version of the original five Standards and Indicators for Quality McKinney-Vento Programs developed in 2000. Reflecting provisions in the reauthorized McKinney-Vento Act and five years of effective practice, the revision includes 10 standards and proposed indicators that are comprehensive and quantifiable. Also included is a guide for developing program benchmarks.
This guidebook from the National Center for Homeless Education will assist McKinney-Vento programs with collecting and reporting data. It will help program staff understand the purposes of these standards and indicators, assess the strengths and challenges associated with the collection of data on each of the standards, and develop strategies for implementing the standards and indicators at the program level.
This PowerPoint presentation from the National Center for Homeless Education provides an overview of the McKinney-Vento Standards and Indicators of Quality Programs and explains how they can be used to evaluate a local homeless education program.
Laws and Guidance
Section 723 of the McKinney-Vento Act describes the subgrant process and activities that may be provided using subgrant funds.
This guidance from the U.S. Department of Education offers information about approved uses of McKinney-Vento subgrant funding on pages 24-26.
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