at Advocates for Children
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New York, NY 10001
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.
To increase awareness about the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness, NYS-TEACHS provides free posters, brochures, training materials, and publications. Click on the links below to view these materials and to order posters and brochures.
Order brochures and posters free of charge! NYS-TEACHS provides brochures and posters with information on the educational rights of children and youth who are homeless. Brochures and posters are available in both English and Spanish.
Use this webpage to access PowerPoint presentations and Workshops materials explaining the educational rights of students experiencing homelessness in New York State.
Watch a recorded webinar or download powerpoint presentations and other documents from recent webinars offered by NYS-TEACHS.
Find useful, basic information on transportation and the educational rights of students in temporary housing situations in the form of NYS-TEACHS' short guides for New York State and New York City and our Liaison Toolkit.
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 the front line staff at "New City School District". You will be asked to respond to a parent who has come to enroll her daughter in school, and your choices will guide how the conversation unfolds.
Upcoming Workshops and Trainings
Stay tuned for the Summer and Fall 2017 Workshop and Training schedules.
6/22/17: Changes Regarding the Education of Homeless Children and Youth - Updates to Education Law § 3209 and Commissioner’s Regulations
Stay tuned for the Fall/Winter 2017 Webinar series.