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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.

 Office of School Nutrition Summer Food Service Program - Find a Summer site near You

  • Hunger Free Colorado's Summer Food Map
  • Hotline Numbers
    • Hunger Free hotline: 1-855-855-4626 (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
    • National Hunger Hotline: 1-866-3hungry (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8hambre (1-877-842-6273) (Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
    • United Way and AIRS Hotline: 2-1-1 to find a feeding site near you
  • Be a Volunteer
    • While feeding children is the top priority of the Summer Food Service Program, programming is what keeps children coming back. This takes volunteers-and LOTS of them-especially in June, July, and August. Volunteers can help with basics like transporting food, setting up, or cleaning up a site-they also plan and do educational or recreational activities with the children.


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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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