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McKinney-Vento Homeless Education
November is Homeless Youth Awareness Month!
November 1st marks the start of Homeless Youth Awareness Month bringing attention to the important issue of youth homelessness across the state and the nation. In Colorado alone, over 16,000 students lived in shelters, stayed with family or friends, or slept without a roof over their heads during the 2021-22 school year. To learn more about the activities related to homeless youth awareness month happening across the state, the following toolkit outlines ways to get involved. One way to show your support is to wear green on November 16th and posting a photo of you, your colleagues, your family, and friends wearing green, to social media with hashtag: #NHYPM and #COyouthhomelessawareness .
Highly Mobile Youth CDE Learning Cohort: A statewide cohort of leaders who will meet for six convenings to learn, share, and collaborate on ways to best support our highly mobile youth.
- The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is the primary piece of legislation related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
- Specific provisions ensure the enrollment, accessibility, and educational stability for students lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
- Any displaced child or youth experiencing the following has educational rights under the McKinney-Vento Act:
- 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.
- Access to a McKinney-Vento Homeless Educational Liaison in their school district
- Identification through outreach and coordination activities
- Immediate enrollment with full and equal opportunity to succeed in school
- Choice between the neighborhood school or the school of origin (school last enrolled in or attended)
- Transportation to the school of origin (including preschool)
- Immediate access to free school meals and educational services for which they are eligible
- Automatic eligibility for Title I, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
- Referrals to health care, dental, mental health and substance abuse, housing, and other appropriate services
- Unaccompanied youth are informed of their status as independent students on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Check out our Program Overview (PDF) for additional information about Colorado’s McKinney-Vento Program.
- Every school district has a designated McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Liaison responsible for identifying MKV students and providing resources to help these students.
- Refer to our list of liaisons to find the liaison in your district.
The Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Education Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations
This document, created collaboratively by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP), and updated in October 2017, provides answers to many of the most frequently asked questions on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the educational rights of children and youth in homeless situations.
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