Liaison E-Alert: Reminders and Resources
May is coming to a close and summer will be here soon! We’ve included some important reminders and resources that all liaisons can use to make the most of the end of the school year.
- Final Webinars of 2018-19
- New McKinney-Vento Grantees: 2019-2022 Cohort
- Summer School Memo
- Reminder: Revisiting McKinney-Vento Designations
- Home at Head Start Campaign
- Monthly Resources on Trauma Sensitivity
As always, please give us a call at 800-388-2014 for more information or to discuss any McKinney-Vento-related issue.
Final Webinars of 2018-19
These are your last chances to fulfill your training requirement if you have not yet attended an event with us this year!
Don’t miss out on our webinar reviewing this new resource on early childhood education! As a McKinney-Vento Liaison, it is your responsibility to ensure that young children experiencing homelessness are properly identified and have access to programs for which they are eligible. This resource from the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) contains important information and a handy chart outlining available early childhood programs, details about serving students experiencing homelessness through such programs, and how to make referrals.
Thursday, June 6th – Data Collection and Reporting
Our final webinar of the school year will review data collection and reporting procedures for students experiencing homelessness. There are new data reporting requirements this year, so be sure to mark your calendar for this event!
The 2019-2022 McKinney-Vento Grant Cohort has been selected by the New York State Education Department. There will be 48 Baseline Grantees and 12 Enhanced Grantees for Trauma-Sensitive Schools. Check out our Grantee page for updates and information about the program.
The New York State Education Department recently published a Field Memo, McKinney-Vento Summer School Information.
All students who experience homelessness and who have been recommended to attend summer school must be provided the opportunity to do so.
Transportation must be provided by the student’s district of attendance if that district has recommended that the student participate in summer school and if the student can’t participate without transportation.
Reminder: Revisiting McKinney-Vento Designations
The year is winding down, which is a good time to check in with parents whose children are identified as homeless.
You can join other liaisons who use our Template End-of-Year Letter to reach out to families and begin these conversations. Districts are encouraged to check in with parents whose children are McKinney-Vento eligible (or youth themselves in the case of unaccompanied homeless youth) at the end of each school year to determine whether their housing situation has changed and make appropriate arrangements for the next school year if there has been a change.
Home at Head Start Campaign
The Home at Head Start Campaign aims to increase access to Early Head Start and Head Start programs for young children experiencing homelessness. As a liaison, you are required to refer young children to education and childcare programs. We recommend that you:
- Find the local Head Start and Early Head Start programs in your community using this locator.
- Share this Tip Sheet for Head Start Programs. It has important information about how to better serve children experiencing homelessness.
- Refer parents! This week, reach out to McKinney-Vento eligible families who have younger siblings that are eligible for Head Start or Early Head Start.
Monthly Resources on Trauma Sensitivity
Did you know that we post a new resource each month related to trauma sensitivity and school success? Visit our archive of fantastic tools, tips, and articles!