Office of Institutional Education Programs






 

McKinney-Vento

Homeless Liaisons

Definition of Homelessness

2003-2006 Education for Homeless Children and Youth Grants

Grant application for 2006-2009

Resources

NEWS

 

 

Education for Homeless Children

and Youth

Each year, over 800,000 children and youth in the United States experience homelessness. Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is intended to ensure that homelessness does not cause these children to be left behind in school.

The West Virginia Department of Education is committed to ensuring that all West Virginia children and youth experiencing homelessness have the opportunity to attend, enroll in, and succeed in school.

McKinney-Vento is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in U.S. public schools. It was reauthorized as Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act in January 2002. As a part of the McKinney-Vento Act formula grants are made to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico based on each State's share of Title I funds. The West Virginia Department of Education currently is funding twenty grants.  The grants are funded on a three year cycle.  The next request for proposal will be in April 2006.  Among other things, the program supports an Office for Coordination of Education of Homeless Children and Youths in each State, which gathers comprehensive information about homeless children and youths and the impediments to their regular attendance at school. These grants also help State educational agencies ensure that homeless children, including preschoolers and youths, have equal access to free and appropriate public education. States must review and revise laws and practices that impede such equal access. States are required to have an approved plan for addressing problems associated with the enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children in school. States must also make competitive subgrants to local educational agencies to facilitate the enrollment, attendance, and success in school of homeless children and youths. This includes addressing problems due to transportation needs, immunization and residency requirements, lack of birth certificates and school records, and guardianship issues.


Office Institutional
Education Programs

Building 6, Room 728
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV 25305-0330
Phone: (304) 558-8833

West Virginia Department of Education