Links and Resources
|McKinney-Vento Overview||Title I, Part A Homeless Set-Aside Funds|
|The Team Approach to Supporting Homeless Students||McKinney-Vento FAQs|
|Federal Programs Contacts||2012-13 McKinney-Vento Grant Contacts (pdf)|
|FY14 McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Webinar|
|National Association for Education of Homeless Children and Youth||National Center for Homeless Education at the SERVE Center|
|Oklahoma Department of Human Services||Oklahoma 2-1-1 Collaborative|
|Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma||The Education and Employment Ministry, Inc.|
|Infant Crisis Services, Inc.||American Red Cross|
|Neighborhood Services Organization, Inc.||Travelers' Aid and Homeless Assistance Center|
|Youth Services for Oklahoma County, Inc.||Community Health Charities of Oklahoma|
|Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies||U.S. Department of Education|
|2013 McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act Subgrantee Request for Proposals (pdf)||2013 McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act
Grant Application (pdf)
|Homeless Liaison Toolkit (pdf)||Free and Reduced Lunch for Homeless Students (pdf)|
|Homeless Needs Assessment (pdf)||McKinney-Vento Complaint Guidelines (pdf)|
|FY10 Statewide Homeless Census Results (pdf)||FY11 Statewide Homeless Census Results (pdf)|
|FY12 Statewide Homeless Census Results (pdf)|
|Enrollment Questionnaire pdf | doc||McKinney-Vento Oklahoma State Plan (pdf)|
|Oklahoma Homeless Liaison List (pdf)|
Guidance and Law
|Title X, Part C Law (pdf)||Title X, Part C Guidance (pdf)|
|No Child Left Behind Law (pdf)|
Program Purpose: To address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, State educational agencies must ensure that each homeless child and youth has access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children. Homeless children and youth should have access to the same challenging student academic achievement standards to which all students are held.
Program Statute: Public Law 100 - 77
Funding Source: Federal
Amount of Funding: $727,023 (FY13)
$719,404 Local Education Agency Subgrants
$7,619 State Education Agency Administration Reserve
Eligible Recipients: Districts are eligible for the grant if they can demonstrate a high need for assistance with enrolling and maintaining the attendance of students who are homeless.
Performance Measures: Applications for funding require specific information about the district's need for assistance such as the number of identified homeless students in the district and barriers to enrolling and maintaining attendance. The districts that receive funding are required to provide end of year data on numbers of children identified and served as well as types of services provided. It is the responsibility of the State Coordinator to compare the applications with the end of year data to determine progress. The State Coordinator also conducts monitoring throughout the school year.
Documented Evidence of Results: The McKinney-Vento subgrant provides local education agencies with additional funds to perform the responsibilities that NCLB requires of all districts such as identifying a Homeless Liaison. With extra financial support, districts are able to devote more time to identifying, enrolling, and maintaining the attendance of homeless children and youth. This results in homeless children being provided the same educational opportunities as other students.
All public schools and districts receiving federal funds must ensure that services are provided to children and youth who are experiencing homelessness. To assist with these services, the law requires that school districts set aside Title I funds, as necessary, to provide services comparable to those that are provided to children in Title I, Part A funded schools. These funds can also support educationally related services to children in shelters and other locations where homeless children may live. The services provided with these funds should support homeless students to succeed in school and to meet the academic achievement standards.
Comparable services do not necessarily mean the same services; however, these funds may also be used to provide services that are not ordinarily provided to other Title I students.
If your district has students who meet the definition of homelessness according to Title X, McKinney-Vento, listed below are some strategies on how you may use your Title I homeless set-aside funds and/or McKinney-Vento funds.
|• Homeless awareness activities||• Referrals for medical, dental, mental and other health services|
|• Testing fees||• Early childhood programs for homeless preschool age children|
|• Evaluations||• Services to attract, engage and retain homeless children in school|
|• Before/After school programs||• Services to enable students to enroll in and succeed in school|
|• Homework assistance||• Fees and costs associated with tracking and obtaining records|
|• Mentoring||• Violence prevention counseling|
|• Tutoring||• Domestic violence counseling|
|• Supplemental instruction||• Parent education for parents of homeless students|
|• Enrichment activities||• School supplies|
|• Supplies for special projects (IE: art, home economics, science)||• Clothing and hygiene products|
District and school staff can work together to ensure a welcoming environment for students who are highly mobile or homeless. While no one person can meet all the needs of a student who is homeless, a caring and welcoming staff makes a world of difference to a student struggling with daily survival needs. School staff should consider a team approach to identifying students who are homeless and highly mobile, working to meet their basic needs, and creating a welcoming environment for these students and their families. A team might consist of the homeless liaison, school administrator, school secretary, nurse, teacher, school counselor, and school social worker.
Below are some tasks team members can undertake to identify the unmet needs of students who are highly mobile and homeless.
School Secretary/Enrollment Personnel
School Social Worker
It is important for team members to meet regularly to discuss and problem solve the academic, social, and emotional progress of students who are highly mobile and homeless. Team members should also discuss activities to increase parental involvement, ways to build community partnerships, and other ideas to increase student and family stability.