NAEHCY will be rolling out tools to assist states and local educational agencies to implement ESSA gradually over the course of 2016 and beyond. Please check back frequently to find new implementation, best practices, and technical assistance documents.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Education Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations Refreshed and revised, this publication covers a wide spectrum of education issues concerning homeless children and youth, from child care and early education services to higher education policies. It includes questions and answers that clarify recent amendments made by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and Title I Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the U.S. Department of Education’s Non-Regulatory Guidance, Head Start Performance Standards, and the U.S. Department of Education’s financial aid policies.  A detailed index has also been added. Updated October 2017.

Designating LEA McKinney-Vento Liaisons

Designating LEA McKinney-Vento Liaisons: Considerations Under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
This document summarizes the new legal requirements for LEAs on the capacity, training, and duties of school district iaisons. It provides important considerations to assist LEAs to ensure that liaisons have sufficient capacity and support to carry out their duties.Updated September 2016.

The McKinney-Vento Act and School Fees

The McKinney-Vento Act and School Fees
This two-page brief provides specific legal references and practical considerations to ensure that school fees do not present a barrier to immediate enrollment and retention in school for students experiencing homelessness. Updated September 2016.

Privacy and Homelessness

Privacy and Homelessness: A Technical Assistance Tool
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. This document seeks to explain FERPA’s basic provisions, how they relate to new privacy protections in the McKinney-Vento Act, and how schools can protect children and youth who are homeless while appropriately sharing educational information. Updated September 2016.

Preschool Transportation

Community Assessment for Transportation, including a transportation checklist. Office of Head Start (2015).

Federal memo on Human Service Transportation and Vehicle Resource Sharing, including “Possibilities for Meeting Transportation Needs” (2004).

Foster Care Transportation

Considerations for Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in Developing Transportation Procedures for Students in Foster Care Under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015

Co-authored with AASA, the School Superintendents Association, this document is intended to help school personnel understand the responsibilities of both child welfare agencies and LEAs for transporting children in foster care. In addition, we provide a series of questions to guide the development of local transportation procedures, including tips to evaluate community needs, available resources, and collaborative opportunities.

Awarding Partial Credits

Partial Credit Model Policy and Practice Recommendations. California Child Welfare Council, 2013.

Partial Credits Resource Table, San Diego County Office of Education.


McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program Checklist.

Monitoring Indicators for McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program. Virginia Department of Education Federal Program Monitoring, 2014-15.

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