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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 Homeless Education Observation Trainings

These trainings are held throughout the year at various McKinney-Vento subgrantee districts, and are open to any regional homeless education liaisons and school personnel who want to know more about McKinney-Vento best practices.

  • April 16, 2015 - Poverty 101 / McKinney-Vento 101
    Presented by Denver Public Schools
    Martin Luther King Early Learning
    3801 Martin Luther King Boulevard
    Denver, CO 80205
    *Sign up will begin March 2015 - please e-mail Jackie Bell if you are interested in attending.

Program Contact

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

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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
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