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Homeless Education

Definition of Homeless Youth: Any displaced child or youth who is living in a shelter, motel, inadequate trailer or house, is staying temporarily with relatives or friends due to economic hardship or loss of housing, or is living in any other homeless situation has educational rights under the McKinney-Vento Act.

Denver Post Feature: Dana Scott, CDE's State Homeless Education Coodinator, worked with Jennifer Brown, a reporter from the Denver Post, for several months on an article illustrating the impacts of homelessness on students’ lives, including their education.  The article’s intent was also to provide information on the McKinney-Vento Act and the educational rights of homeless students.  There are three parts and a 22 minute video.  View the piece online at

McKinney-Vento Back to School Overview

As a new school year begins, the following resources will be helpful in serving your students experiencing homelessness.  With the number of homeless students tripling since 2003-04, we know your work is more vital than ever.  My contact information is at the bottom of this page, and I am available via phone, e-mail, or in person to discuss questions or feedback regarding the education of homeless children and youth.  In addition, please consider reaching out to Paula Gumina, a program specialist at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) who also works with McKinney-Vento Homeless Education, and/or the McKinney-Vento Regional Consultants across the state (contact information available here).  We look forward to working with you in the year ahead.

Liaison and Back to School Information:

Helpful documents to review:

Additional McKinney-Vento Back to School Resources and Information:


Dana Scott
State Coordinator for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
303-866-6930 (phone)
303-866-6785 (fax)

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