Under the McKinney-Vento Act, LEA’s may be awarded funds to provide services and programs for homeless children and youth, including supplemental instruction, transportation, professional development, and referrals to health care. If a preschool or school-aged child becomes homeless, the McKinney-Vento Act allows for the child or youth to either continue at the “school of origin” for the entire time he or she is homeless or until the end of the academic year in which he or she moves into permanent housing, transfers to a school nearest to the child’s temporary shelter, or is sent to a school other than one the child’s parent/guardian has requested.
The MSDE distributes supplemental funds to LEAs under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act to LEAs through a competitive grant process. The McKinney-Vento Act ensures that all homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education provided to other children and youth. State and LEAs are required to develop, review, and revise policies to remove barriers to the enrollment, attendance, and success in school of homeless children and youth. Under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), LEAs reserve funds for students experiencing homelessness in non-Title I and Title I schools. All children and youth experiencing homelessness are eligible for Title I services in Title I schools, non-Title I schools, and other settings in which they reside whether or not they have received a McKinney-Vento grant.