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ERIC Number: ED574586
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Enrolling Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness in School. McKinney-Vento Law into Practice Brief Series
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. §§11431-11435; hereafter referred to as "the McKinney-Vento Act"), reauthorized in 2001 by Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act, ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Because of their often tumultuous living situations, school may be their only opportunity to benefit from a stable environment, consistent adult attention, positive peer relations, academic support, and regular meals. Enrolling homeless students in school immediately and presenting them with opportunities to participate fully in school provides them with needed educational stability and continuity. This brief explains the key provisions in the McKinney-Vento Act concerning school enrollment, including sections on enrollment barriers, immediate enrollment, enrollment requirements, and full participation in school. Each section also offers strategies for State Coordinators, local homeless education liaisons (hereafter referred to as "local liaisons"), and school personnel to ensure that the key provisions are successfully implemented so that students experiencing homelessness are immediately enrolled in school and provided or referred to appropriate services.
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE. P.O. Box 5367, 915 Northridge Street 2nd Floor, Greensboro, NC 27435. Tel: 800-755-3277; Fax: 336-315-7457; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs
Authoring Institution: National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987; No Child Left Behind Act 2001