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This Tip Sheet has information about how Head Start programs can identify children experiencing homelessness and better connect them with Head Start Programs.
This guide by the NYS Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) provides information on determining eligibility for children in temporary housing, and their rights and protections. You can also find a handy chart where community-specific information about early care and education programs can be included and then shared with parents.
This NYSED memo provides information about student transportation safety for students under four years of age, including information on appropriate car seats and bus monitors.
Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) programs provide information and referral services to families seeking early care and education programming for their children, technical assistance to individuals and organizations seeking to develop early care and education programs, and training and educational opportunities for programs and individuals.
Pre-K classrooms have a maximum size at twenty children, but can be expanded. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) will grant a class-size variance to allow a 21st child in the classroom if that child is in temporary housing. To get a variance, the Pre-K program should complete this Pre-K Class Size Variance Request.
This tool is designed to guide shelter staff in creating safe, developmentally appropriate environments for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families who are experiencing homelessness.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is a federal law that protects the public education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The text attached here is the latest version of the law since it was reauthorized on December 10, 2015 by Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
NYS Education Law Section 3209 describes the rights of students in temporary housing in New York State.
This tool is designed for child care, Head Start and Early Head Start, and public pre-k programs as a guide for welcoming and supporting families and children experiencing homelessness into these programs.
This presentation was given at the May 30th, 2019 New York State Head Start Association (NYSHSA) Conference.
This Housing Questionnaire should be used by Head Start staff as a part of the enrollment process to identify any child who is homeless.
This document from NAEHCY summarizes the September 2016 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services comprehensive revision of the Head Start Performance Standards. These final regulations apply to Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
Want to enhance your knowledge around family homelessness and the McKinney-Vento Act? This series from Office of Head Start’s Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (OHS ECLKC) is designed to help Head Start and other early childhood care professionals learn how to identify families experiencing homelessness, conduct community outreach, and build relationships with families and providers.
In March 2017, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services issued this Policy Statement explaining that licensed child care providers should give parents up to 14 days to provide proof of immunization and request a waiver to the medical statement/physical requirement for families experiencing homelessness. In the meantime, the provider should allow children experiencing homelessness to receive child care services.
On Friday, April 28, 2017, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services issued this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM), 17 OCFS LCM-05: “Child Care Services for Families Experiencing Homelessness and Differential Payment Rates.” The LCM informs social services districts about recent changes to State regulations regarding the provision of child care services funded under the New York State Child Care Block Grant (NYSCCBG) and Title XX of the federal Social Security Act.
Preschool Special Education Services are discussed in Part 200.16(a)-(f). The regulations provide guidance on the referral process as well as specific information on the timeline for ensuring the delivery of services.
This report by the U.S. Department of Education provides updated state-by-state data and information on early childhood homelessness in each state.
This tip sheet provides strategies and information on the benefits of early education programs for children in temporary housing.
NYSED’s McKinney-Vento Field Memo #04-2015 (June 2015) provides guidance on the rights of students in temporary housing to access public preschool education programs offered by a school district.