The Educational for Homeless Children and Youths Program, also known as the McKinney-Vento Education Assistance Act. Was designed to address the problems that homeless children and unaccompanied youth face in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. State and Local Educational Agencies must ensure that each homeless child and unaccompanied youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as other children and youth. Homeless children and youth are provided access to educational and other services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held. State and school districts are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youths. The school enrollment and retention barriers that homeless children most frequently face are transportation, immunization requirements, residency requirements, providing birth certificates, and legal guardianship requirements.

    National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

    The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is pleased to announce the availability of a new service for the homeless education and higher education communities nationwide.

    The NAEHCY Higher Education Helpline offers assistance to:

    • Financial Aid Administrators seeking to assist students experiencing homelessness with accessing financial aid.
    • Higher Education Professionals seeking to link homeless students with the supports they need to succeed in college.
    • High School Counselors seeking to assist homeless students with applying to and finding resources to pay for college.
    • State Coordinators for Homeless Education and Local Homeless Education Liaisons seeking to understand what educational rights students experiencing homelessness have in regards to college access and what support options may be available to them.
    • Shelter Staff and Service Providers seeking to connect youth they are serving with resources to access higher education.
    • Unaccompanied Homeless Youth who want to attend college but aren't sure what options are available to them to assist in paying for it.
    • Parents of students experiencing homelessness who wish to understand what supports may be available to their children to help them attend college.

    For assistance with issues related to students experiencing homelessness accessing higher education, contact the NAEHCY Higher Education Helpline at 1 (855) 446-2673 (toll-free) or highered@naehcy.org, or visit http://www.naehcy.org/educational-resources/helpline for more information. Please feel free to share this information with interested colleagues. If you have any questions about the NAEHCY Higher Education Helpline, please contact Cyekeia Lee, NAEHCY Higher Education Specialist, at clee@naehcy.org or 1 (855) 446-2673.