Before Schools can be certain they are complying with the legislation related to education students experiencing homelessness, they must understand who can be considered homeless.
- FY15 McKinney-Vento Continuation Application (updated 4/21/14)
- FY14 McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program-Lead Area Liaisons (LALs) (RFP) (Closed May 17, 2013)
- FY13 McKinney-Vento Continuation Application
- FY12 McKinney-Vento Continuation Application
- FY11 McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program-Lead Area Liaisons (LALs) (RFP)
- FY 2009-10 McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Application
- Education for Homeless Children and Youth Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
- Education of Homeless Children and Youth State Grant Program
- Illinois State
Plan for Homeless Education
This is the plan for the delivery of all grant-funded homeless education services under the Title X, Part C McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act to meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Education for a definitive plan for services to homeless children and youth in Illinois. Questions should be directed to the Illinois State Homeless Education Coordinator or Homeless Principal Consultant at 312-814-2223 or 217-782-5589.
- McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001
- Policy of the Illinois State Board of Education on the Education
This policy is promulgated with the intention of minimizing educational disruption for homeless children and youth and promoting stability and continuity in education as well as providing social supports during a period of housing in stability.
- Foster Care and McKinney-Vento Q & A
- Free School Lunch Program Information
- Helping Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Access College Financial Aid
- How to Order Birth Certificates
- Illinois Immunization Information System
- Lesson Plans to Assist Teachers in the Classroom Introducing Homelessness
- National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
- National Center for Homeless Education
- Preschool Homeless Education Plan for District and ROE Programs (2/14)
- Public Service Announcements
- Tips for Title I, Part A Reservation Funds
- Workshop Materials
- Confirming Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Services: Do’s and Don’ts for Local Liaisons
The National Center for Homeless Education provides information and resources to assist school districts with the implementation of the McKinney-Vento Act. Often, school personnel have questions regarding how to confirm eligibility for homeless education services. This Best Practices in Homeless Education brief, produced in 2007, outlines positive steps to take in order to effectively meet the needs of homeless children and families. This brief may be found at http://www.terrifictransitions.org/nche/downloads/briefs/verif_sch.pdf
- Illinois Homeless Education Technical Assistance Program
Technical assistance and education for schools and the community. A source for free education materials, brochures, posters, DVDs, and up-to-date training materials, including:
- U.S. Department of Education Issues New Guidance on Financial Aid for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
The U.S. Department of Education’s “Application and Verification Guide” (AVG) provides instructions and guidance to financial aid administrators and counselors who help students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2010-2011 edition of the AVG was published on Monday, June 21st. It contains important new information regarding unaccompanied homeless youth. A summary of the unaccompanied homeless youth provisions is available on NAEHCY’s web site at http://www.naehcy.org/higher_ed.html
The entire guide may be downloaded from the U.S. Department of Education at http://ifap.ed.gov/fsahandbook/1011FSAHandbookAVG.html
- School District Homeless Liaison Locator
Under federal law, each school district is required to designate a local homeless liaison. This listing is currently being updated for accuracy and improved functionality. In order to locate a local homeless liaison, please contact your Regional Office of Education. City of Chicago residents may contact the Chicago Public Schools Office of Students in Temporary Living Situations at (773) 553-2225.
- 2007 Updated Homeless Liaison Toolkit The Local Homeless Education Liaison Toolkit is a comprehensive tool that will assist both new and veteran local homeless education liaisons in carrying out their responsibilities.
- A McKinney-Vento Toolbox: Constructing a Robust and Rigorous
Homeless Education Program, In Case of Disaster and Every
This toolbox is designed to help school districts implement the McKinney-Vento Act Fully, so they can address the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness on a daily basis and in times of disaster. The toolbox contains information and practice lessons learned and resources developed during the recovery process following the 2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes.
- Lead Area Liaisons McKinney-Vento Homeless Breakdown Map (Printer Friendly) (9/13)