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ERIC Number: ED574613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Educational Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: What Service Providers Need to Know. McKinney-Vento Law into Practice Brief Series
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
Children and youth who experience homelessness face many barriers to education, yet school can be a source of stability, affirmation, and hope during a time of chaos and trauma when a young person loses his or her housing. Community service providers play a key role in linking homeless children and youth to schools and providing wraparound services that can bolster their attendance and educational success. This brief provides important information to service providers on Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act [42 U.S.C. §§ 11431-11435], reauthorized in 2001 by Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act1 (subsequently referred to in this brief as the McKinney-Vento Act). The McKinney-Vento Act ensures educational rights and protections for homeless children and youth. This brief will enable service providers to understand: (1) which children are eligible under the definition in the law; (2) what rights and services school districts provide; (3) how the law is implemented in school districts, and (4) how community agencies and school districts can coordinate services for homeless children and youth more effectively.
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: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Healthy Students (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987