The Wisconsin DPI's Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program's major responsibility is to implement the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. Children and youth experiencing homelessness (including unaccompanied children and 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. The term "unaccompanied" is defined as "not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian."
- 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.
CESA 10 Guide for Homeless Students: What Districts Need to Do
The guide summarizes the information available on the DPI website and provides quick links to DPI sample documents.
Excellent resources (most free) can be found at the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) at http://center.serve.org/nche/
For more information, contact:
Kristen Gundry, Associate Director of Learning Services