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McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program

Title X, Part C: No Child Left Behind

Overview: The Office of Transitory Services-Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program was established to identify and alleviate barriers that impact homeless children and youth. The mission of the Homeless Children and Youth Program is to ensure free, appropriate, public educational opportunities for all homeless children and youth; to provide technical assistance to schools, shelters and the community; and to heighten homeless awareness, locally. 

Pursuant to McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, each State Educational Agency shall ensure that each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youth. Each child or youth experiencing transition shall be provided comparable services offered to other students in the school selected including transportation services, educational services for which the child or youth meets the eligibility criteria, programs in vocational and technical education, programs for gifted and talented students, as well as school nutrition programs.
 
Homeless children and youth must have access to educational and other services needed to ensure that they have an equal opportunity to meet challenging State student academic achievement standards. 

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