Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY)

Overview

The Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program's major responsibility is to implement the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. Homeless children and unaccompanied youth must have access to public school educational programs and services that allow them to meet the same challenging state academic standards to which all students are held.

Program Elements

  • Designate a homeless liaison in each school district.
  • Identify and immediately enroll any homeless child or youth (preschool to grade 12), even without academic or medical records.
  • Continue children or youths in their "school of origin" for the duration of their homelessness.
  • Inform parents/guardians of the educational rights of their children.
  • Provide transportation, at the request of the parent, to the school of origin.
  • Ensure no barriers exist (for example, residency requirements, lack of transportation or school fees) for full educational participation.
  • Develop partnerships with community agencies to identify and assist with basic services for homeless families, children, and youth.
  • Ensure homeless students are not segregated or stigmatized.

National Awards for Wisconsin Homeless Program

Complaint Procedure

Complaints regarding school enrollment or selection should follow the local district's dispute resolution process. If unsuccessful, a parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth who is homeless may send complaints to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI, 53707-7841. Complaints involving homeless issues follow Chapter PI 1.

Homeless Liaison Contact Information

To see a copy of the current directory, go to the contact list.

New Guidance from U.S. Department of Education: Use of Title I funds to provide Services to Homeless Children and Youth.  

USDE has issued new guidance regarding the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 which has expanded the allowable uses of Title I, ESEA funds to include transporting homeless children and youth to their school of origin.  Additionally, an LEA may now use funds from its FY 2014 Title I grant to fund all or part of the homeless liaison’s salary even if that person has no Title I duties. 

It is important to note that while the new authority under the appropriations act now permits an LEA to use Title I funds to support a homeless liaison and to transport homeless children and youth to their school of origin, it does not otherwise change an LEA’s existing obligation under ESEA section 1113(c)(3)(A) to provide comparable Title I services to homeless children and youth who attend non-Title I schools.    

LEAs must continue to meet comparable services needs, but may also use reservation funds to pay for transportation to the school of origin and/or homeless liaison.   

Letter to State’s from the U.S. Department of Education

For questions about this information please contact one of our State EHCY Coordinators: 

Kristine Nadolski (608) 267-7338

Susan Piazza (608) 267-1284