On July 22, 1987, the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act became public law. This was the first comprehensive federal law dealing with the problems of homelessness in America. It is now called the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001. As a first step in 1988, the Pennsylvania Department of Education established the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program. This program has been responsible for assessing Pennsylvania’s homeless children population, developing the appropriate responses and establishing McKinney-Vento Homeless sites.
Some of the objectives of the Loyalsock Township School District are to increase awareness about the needs of homeless children, reveal and overcome possible educational barriers, explain current legislation and policies, and provide assistance and support to families.
Under the McKinney-Vento Act homeless students have certain rights including the following:
|Homeless Student – For Parents (PDF)
|Homeless Student – For Students (PDF)
|Homeless Student General FAQ’s (PDF)
|General Guide to PA’s Education for Children’s and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) Program (PDF)
|Lycoming County Resources
|Basic Education Circular (BEC) – Education of Homeless Youth
|Finding Your Way in PA APP