U.S. Department of Education Guidance on Homelessness

On July 27, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education released a new package of materials on the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. While the Department’s guidance is non-binding, it does provide important tips for implementation, as well as the Department’s interpretation of provisions in the new law. The guidance package includes:

In addition, ESSA requires the Department to:

  • Issue guidelines concerning how a State may assist LEAs to implement the amendments and may revise state policies and procedures to remove barriers to the identification, enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children and youth in school. The Department published the guidelines in the Federal Register on March 17, 2016.
  • Provide support and technical assistance to SEAs concerning areas in which documented barriers to a free appropriate public education persist.

U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Guidance on Foster Care

ED and HHS issued Non-Regulatory Guidance on the educational stability of children in foster care on June 23, 2016. This guidance is non-binding and does not create or impose new legal requirements.  Watch a recording of NAEHCY’s webinar on the foster care guidance and/or view the powerpoint presentation.

Additional information on Department regulations and guidance is available on its ESSA website. The public also can sign up for email updates about ESSA from the Department.

Return to NAEHCY’s ESSA Resources Page