New Mexico Public Education Department: Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program
Under the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) must ensure that homeless children and youths have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as is provided to other children and youths. The purpose of the McKinney-Vento sub grant is to facilitate the enrollment, attendance, and success for students experiencing homelessness.
Criteria for funding: Programs should focus on the following components of the McKinney-Vento Act:
- Identification of children and youths experiencing homelessness
- Preschool-aged children experiencing homelessness, including clarification that local liaisons must ensure that these children and their families have access to and receive services, if eligible, under LEA-administered preschool programs, including Head Start, Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities), and other preschool programs administered by the LEA
- Collaboration and coordination with other service providers, including public and private child welfare and social services agencies; law enforcement agencies; juvenile and family courts; agencies providing mental health services; domestic violence agencies; child care providers; runaway and homeless youth centers; providers of services and programs funded under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act; and providers of emergency, transitional, and permanent housing, including public housing agencies, shelter operators, and operators of transitional housing facilities
- Professional development and technical assistance at both the State and local levels
- Removing enrollment barriers, including barriers related to missed application or enrollment deadlines, fines, or fees, records required for enrollment, including immunization or other required health records, proof of residency, or other documentation; or academic records, including documentation for credit transfer
- School stability, including the expansion of school of origin to include preschools and receiving schools and the provision of transportation until the end of the school year, even if a student becomes permanently housed
- Privacy of student records, including information about a homeless child or youth’s living situation
- The dispute resolution process
In addition, the ESSA removes “awaiting foster care placement” from the definition of “homeless children and youths.”
Amount: The estimated available total federal funding that the NMPED will be awarding is $469,193.25 annually for McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Programs. Based on the LEA reported count of homeless students from 2015-2016 Consolidated State Performance Report, applicants are eligible to receive between $15,000 and $75,000 each year, depending on which tier they fall into (full details in the RFP).
Eligibility: All New Mexico local education agencies (LEAs) are eligible to apply. LEAs may subcontract with other agencies; however, the local school system assumes responsibility for setting program goals and monitoring program accomplishments. The LEA will serve in the capacity of fiscal agent. State-chartered charter schools have LEA status and may apply as an LEA. Locally chartered schools must submit an application through an LEA. Regional Education Cooperatives (RECs) may apply on behalf of a consortium of LEAs within the REC that may, or may not, be inclusive of all LEAs within the REC.
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