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Early Learning Lunch and Learn Webinar: Coordinating Services for Young Children and Their Families Experiencing Homelessness

December 1, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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The NC Department of Public Instruction Office of Early Learning and Federal Programs, along with Child Care Services Association and the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education, will host a webinar to share best practices for coordinating services for children and families experiencing homelessness, including information for developing agreements. The target audience includes early learning partners such as CCR&R, Smart Start, NC Pre-K, and private child care.

The Early Learning Coordination Guidance:  Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness (a companion to NC’s LEA/Head Start Coordination Guidance for Developing MOUs) will be shared and used to guide the discussion.

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The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), reauthorized the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youths program, which protects and serves homeless students. The amended McKinney-Vento Act adds protections for preschool children and equips local partners with an essential tool for implementing the new provisions in ESSA.

ESSA and Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) share the McKinney Vento definition of homeless children and require Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and Head Start programs to coordinate and establish collaborative relationships and partnerships with community organizations. In addition to Head Start and LEAs, other early learning partners should be included as collaborative partners in order to provide the best possible services for young children and their families.  Services and agreements should be tailored to suit the community’s unique needs and reflect a comprehensive approach, rooted in best practice.

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Marsha Basloe


NC Child Care Services Association

NC CCR&R Council

Carla Garrett

Title I Preschool Consultant

Office of Early Learning

NC Department of Public Instruction

Anelia Laurens

Program Specialist

Homeless Education Program

NC Department of Public Instruction   

Lisa Phillips

State Coordinator

Homeless Education Program

NC Department of Public Instruction

Kristi Snuggs

Deputy Director

NC Division of Child Development and Early Education


Early Learning Partners:

Mandy Ableidinger: NC Early Childhood Foundation

Karen McKnight: The Hunt Institute

Jody Koon: Head Start Interim POC – NC DPI

Jenna Nelson: NC Partnership for Children


December 1, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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