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Title X, Part C - Education for Homeless Children and Youth


State of New Hampshire Education for Homeless Children and Youths

The reauthorization of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act Sec. 722(g) (l) (J) requires the establishment of local liaisons in all local education agencies, regardless of sub-grant McKinney-Vento.

In general, local liaisons for homeless children and youth ensure that

  • Enrollment disputes are appropriately mediated;
  • Homeless children and youth are identified by school personnel;
  • Homeless children enroll in and have full and equal opportunities to succeed in school;
  • Homeless families and children and youths receive the educational services that they are eligible for including Head Start, Even Start, referrals to health care services, and other services;
  • The parents or guardians are informed of the educational and related opportunities to their children and are provided with opportunities to participate in the education of their children;
  • The parent or guardian of a homeless child or youth or unaccompanied youth is informed of all transportation services including transportation to the school of origin.
  • Public notice is disseminated of the educational rights of homeless children and youths is disseminated

A lists of New Hampshire Local Homeless Education Liaisons

If you have a question about the rights of students who are experiencing homeless such as school of origin, immediate enrollment, immunization records, etc., please contact the local liaisons directly in the district or SAU in which you have questions. If the liaison is not available, contact the office of the State Coordinator.

The State Coordinator is available to assist school personnel, families, unaccompanied youth, outreach workers, community agencies and local liaisons on issues pertaining to homelessness and the McKinney-Vento Act. Contact Lynda Thistle Elliott, Lynda.ThistleElliott@doe.nh.gov, (603) 271-3840 or (603) 271-6579.

Update: NH Residency and Homelessness. Definition of legal residency for homeless children and youths (RSA 193:12 Legal Residency for the Purpose of Public School Education).

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