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Homeless Education

About 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.


 McKinney-Vento 2015-2016 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 under "contact Us" in the left navigation bar, 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 from 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.


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Additional McKinney-Vento Back to School Resources and Information:




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