California: Education for Homeless Children and Youth

“The purpose of this program is to (1) facilitate the enrollment, attendance, and success in school of homeless children and youth; and (2) ensure homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate, public education as provided to all other students. Services provided cannot replace the regular academic program and must be designed to expand or improve services that are part of the school’s regular academic program…

The project period will be from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2021. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act requires LEAs to (1) Appoint a “liaison” for homeless children. Some of the liaison’s duties include ensuring access to education and support services, identifying students for services, and disseminating rights. (2) Keep homeless children in the same school of origin through duration of their homelessness, at the request of the parent. (3) Provide transportation to ensure that homeless children can continue their education at the school of origin, at the request of the parent. (4) Enroll immediately, even if the homeless child does not have the proper enrollment papers or immunization records.”

Excerpted from California Department of Education’s Funding Profile (ID 4084)

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