Guidance Documents

TOPIC:

·         Awaiting Foster Care

·         Enrollment

·         Free Lunch Program

·         Identification

·         Interagency Collaboration

·         McKinney-Vento Act

·         McKinney-Vento Handbook for Homeless Liaisons

·         McKinney-Vento Rights

·         Miscellaneous Guidance

·         Post Secondary Education, Financial Aid and Scholarships

·         Preschool

·         School Selection

·         Special Education

·         Supporting Homeless Children and Youth

·         Title I and Homelessness

·         Transportation

·         Unaccompanied Youth

 

McKinney-Vento Act

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act
U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: USDE.

Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program: Non-regulatory Guidance
U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: USDE, July 2004

McKinney-Vento Act at a Glance
McKinney-Vento, Law Into Practice series, National Center for Homeless Education, 800-308-2145 (Toll-free Helpline) http://www.serve.org/nche

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Identification

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act Definition of Homelessness
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2012

Common Signs of Homelessness
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2009

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McKinney-Vento Rights

Requirements of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2009

School Records and Privacy Rights for Homeless Children and Youth
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Homeless Bulletin Series 03. Madison: WDPI, August 2003; updated October, 2011.

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Supporting Homeless Children and Youth

10 Strategies Districts Can Use to Help Homeless Children 
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2004

How Teachers Can Help Homeless Students
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2012.

Team Approach to Support Highly Mobile and Homeless Students
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2012

Tips for School Personnel to Help Homeless Students
Local Homeless Liaison Tool Kit, Appendix L, National Center for Homeless Education, 800-308-2145 (Toll-free Helpline) http://www.serve.org/nche

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Enrollment

Do’s and Don’ts for District Homeless Liaisons and Enrollment Staff
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2009. Strategies for homeless liaisons to effectively identify and enroll children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Where to Write for Vital Records
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics.

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Interagency Collaboration

Schools Working with Domestic Violence Agencies and Homeless Children
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2004.This is a joint guidance document with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

Providing Community Agency Information
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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Preschool

Preschool Children and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2008.

Best Practices for Identification and Enrollment of Homeless Preschool Children
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2011.

Best Practices for Homeless Preschool Children
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2008.

How Preschool Teachers Can Help Children Who Are Homeless
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2011.

Tips For Supporting Young Children Who Are Homeless
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2011.

Coaches Can Help: Community Approaches to Serving Four Year Old Children
 

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Unaccompanied Youth

Unaccompanied Children and Youth Who Are Homeless
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

McKinney-Vento Act: Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
McKinney-Vento, Law Into Practice series, National Center for Homeless Education, 800-308-2145 (Toll-free Helpline) http://www.serve.org/nche

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School Selection

Best Practices in Homeless Education: Guiding the Discussion on School Selection
McKinney-Vento, Law Into Practice series, National Center for Homeless Education, 800-308-2145 (Toll-free Helpline) http://www.serve.org/nche

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Transportation

     EHCY Legislative Transportation Requirements

     Gas Cards Policy - DPI Guidance
     Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2013

Free Lunch Program

Free and Reduced Lunch for Homeless and Migrant Students

USDA Policy Memo #05-01
Once a Local Education Agency or school official establishes a child's eligibility as homeless, runaway, or migrant, that child is immediately eligible for the free lunch program. This eligibility remains in effect for the entire school year, provided the child was correctly certified.

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Post Secondary Education, Financial Aid and Scholarships

Template: FAFSA Verification Form

NAEHCY Higher Education Helpline

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Policies
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Financial Aid Tip Sheet for Students who are Homeless
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Income Tax and the FAFSA for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. This document answers questions about the relationship between the filing of tax returns and a youth’s completion of FAFSA.

Dependency Status Definition Changes
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, 2009. This webpage lists the expanded criteria under which an undergraduate student is considered independent for the purposes of receiving federal financial aid for higher education.

Helping Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Access College Financial Aid
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. This includes information on helping unaccompanied youth access financial aid for college.

Links to Scholarships Information for Higher Education
National Center for Homeless Education

Fastweb Scholarship Information
Fastweb provides a free scholarship search website to search for likely scholarship matches.

LeTendre Scholarship Program
The LeTendre Scholarship program offers scholarships to senior students or recent graduates who are/were homeless, and who have demonstrated average or higher than average achievement. Applications are accepted throughout the year, and are awarded in the fall.

Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Program Information
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Wisconsin Title I Scholarship Awards
The Wisconsin Title I Association awards up to three $1,500 scholarships to Wisconsin high school seniors who have participated in a Title I program sometime during their Early Childhood through Grade 12 school career.

ACT Fee Waiver information
This webpage from The ACT, provides information on eligibility for ACT fee waivers.

SAT Program Fee Waiver Service
This webpage from the College Board explains how a high school junior or senior can receive a fee waiver in order to take the SAT college entrance exam or SAT subject tests.

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Special Education

Questions and Answers on Special Education and Homelessness
Office of Special Education Programs, February 2008.

Frequently Asked Questions about Homelessness and Special Education

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Awaiting Foster Care

School Selection for Students in Out-of-Home Care
The Legal Center for Foster Care and Education & The National Center for Homeless Education, 2010. This brief provides a framework for local homeless liaisons, educators and child welfare workers to assess the best interests when selecting a school for students in out-of-home care.

When Working Together Works: Academic Success for Student in Out-of-Home Care
The Legal Center for Foster Care and Education & The National Center for Homeless Eduation, 2010. This brief can help educators and child welfare advocates work together to support the academic success of children and youth in out-of-home care.

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Title I and Homelessness

NCHE Brief: Title I and McKinney-Vento
National Center for Homeless Education

Use of Title I Funds for Homeless Students
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Title I Reservation Funds for Homeless Students
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2009

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Miscellaneous Guidance

Open Enrollment and Tuition Waiver for Homeless Students
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2006.

DPI's Career and Technical Education Program Information
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2009

WIAA Displaced/Homeless Student Eligibility Process
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2008. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association's criteria to determine if displaced/homeless students are eligible for athletic activities. WIAA Form

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McKinney-Vento Handbook for Homeless Liaisons

Local Homeless Education Liaison Tool Kit
National Center for Homeless Education
 

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For questions about this information please contact one of our State EHCY Coordinator: Kristine Nadolski (608) 267-7338