The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. KIPP ENC’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program ensures that homeless students have equal access to the same free, appropriate, public education (including public preschool) provided to other KIPP ENC children. This act guarantees homeless children and youth with the following:
- The right to immediate enrollment in school, even if lacking paperwork normally required for enrollment.
- The right to attend school in his/her school of origin (if this is requested by the parent and is feasible) or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing.
- The right to receive transportation to his/her school of origin, if this is requested by the parent and is feasible.
- The right to services comparable to those received by housed schoolmates, including transportation and supplemental educational services.
- The right to attend school along with children not experiencing homelessness. Segregation based on a student’s status as homeless is strictly prohibited.
Homeless families may request assistance from the respective school’s Homeless Liaison or the North Carolina Homeless Education Program’s State Coordinator:
- KIPP Durham: Gray Visco, 919-475-7525, firstname.lastname@example.org
- KIPP Halifax: Chianti Watson, 252-410-0277, email@example.com
- KIPP Gaston: Shamera Williams, 252-578-8056, firstname.lastname@example.org
- State Coordinator: Lisa Phillips, 336-315-7491, email@example.com
More data on homeless reporting from last year can be found at the respective county websites and at the North Carolina Homeless Education Program website.
KIPP ENC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.