How Charter Schools Can Support Students Experiencing Homelessness

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Education is a critical tool to address the needs of students experiencing homelessness. For these students, school can be a vital source of stability. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law that provides rights and services for students experiencing homelessness. It applies to all local educational agencies (LEAs) and public schools, including public charter schools.

This toolkit was developed in partnership with SchoolHouse Connection and is intended as a charter school-focused resource that explains the basic legal requirements of the McKinney-Vento Act, while highlighting a few examples of best practices from the charter school community. The toolkit includes three main components for practitioners: (1) Introduction to Student Homelessness, (2) Enrolling Students Experiencing Homelessness, and (3) Supporting Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness.

For an overview, see this FAQ document about supporting students experiencing homelessness in charter schools.

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