The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Subtitle B – Education for Homeless Children and Youth), reauthorized in January 2002, ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Services to homeless children are required by districts in the No Child Left Behind Act, and are primarily found under the requirements of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act of 2002 (Title X, Part C No Child Left Behind Act) and under Title I. Title I, Part A statute requires participating districts to reserve funds as are necessary to provide services to children identified as homeless.
The goal of Childress ISD is to provide administrators with useful information that will guide them in creating a positive education experience for students in foster care. The district wants campus administrators to be familiar with the complexities of the foster care system and the relevant laws and policies that influence a student in foster care’s educational experience. The district wants to centralize foster care and education information, while increasing awareness and promoting improved cross-system practices and partnerships that benefit students in foster care. Working to achieve these goals, Childress ISD strives to fulfill the education provisions of the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 that promote school stability and require coordination across child welfare and educational systems.