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

August 28, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), 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. Services and agreements should be tailored to suit the community’s unique needs and reflect a comprehensive approach, rooted in best practice.

The NC Department of Public Instruction Office of Early Learning, including Title I Preschool and the Head Start State Collaboration Office, along with Federal Programs, hosted a webinar to share best practices for coordinating services for children and families experiencing homelessness, including information for developing agreements. Homeless Liaisons as well as LEA and Head Start staff who provide services for children and families experiencing homelessness attended.

The Early Learning Coordination Guidance: Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness (a companion to NC’s LEA/Head Start Coordination Guidance for Developing MOUs) was released and used to guide the discussion. That document, the presentation, and other resources are available to the right under Related Resources.


Carla Garrett
Title I Preschool Consultant
Office of Early Learning
Department of Public Instruction 


Karen McKnight
Director, NC Head Start State Collaboration Office
Office of Early Learning
Department of Public Instruction


Lisa Phillips
State Coordinator for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Department of Public Instruction


August 28, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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