Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY)


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.



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

Kristine Nadolski (608) 267-7338

Susan Piazza (608) 267-1284