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McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

The Office for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

We work to ensure the enrollment, attendance and the opportunity to succeed in school for homeless children and youth. We provide technical assistance and guidance to school districts and families. This Office collaborates with other state agencies and community providers to support homeless families and their students. Questions regarding the Massachusetts implementation of McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act and/or individual cases are always accepted.

Note: Massachusetts is seeing an influx of children impacted by major hurricanes this season. Please remember that children who have lost their housing are protected under McKinney-Vento and have the right to immediate enrollment in school even if they do not have the documentation usually required to enroll. These Frequently Asked Questions [English / Spanish] have been shared with the state’s Family Resource Centers, service providers and parents to address the needs of families who have lost their housing in the recent hurricanes.

Important: Please see our new Educational Stability for Students in Foster Care page for information about implementing and ensuring educational access and stability for children in foster care as required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Homeless Education Liaison

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Homeless Education Liaison Contact List

Contact

For technical assistance, complaints or other questions please contact our Problem Resolution Services staff at 781-338-3700 or compliance@doe.mass.edu.

Sarah Slautterback, Homeless Education State Coordinator
Email: sslautterback@doe.mass.edu

Guidance

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McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance — Advisories
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Massachusetts Caregivers Affidavit
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US Department of Agriculture Guidance for Homeless Children in School Nutrition Programs
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Non-Regulatory Guidance: Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program

Grant Program

Funding is available to school districts with significant numbers of homeless students and can be used to provide tutoring and academic support, professional development, engagement of homeless parents in their children's education, and access to mentoring, after school and summer programming. The current RFP for this grant provides further details.

Trainings, Meetings & Orientations

Fall 2017 Orientations to Educational Stability for Homeless and Foster Care Students — October 11 (Holyoke), October 12 (Plymouth), October 20 (Malden)

Additional information about future trainings will be posted here when confirmed.

ESE Data

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Homeless Education Data Collection Report 2016-2017
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Homeless Education Data Collection Report 2015-2016
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McKinney-Vento Summary 2010 to 2015
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ESE Guidance on Data Collection
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2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Summary on Massachusetts homeless students
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2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Summary on Massachusetts homeless students
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2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Summary on Massachusetts homeless students
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2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Summary on Massachusetts homeless students
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A Snapshot of Homelessness in Massachusetts Public Schools: 2005 Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey and Massachusetts Annual Homeless Enrollment Data

Related Resources

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National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
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McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2002
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National Center for Homeless Education
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National Runaway Safeline
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Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
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Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
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Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development


Last Updated: November 17, 2017
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