McKinney-Vento Act

The Education for Homeless Children and Youths (EHCY) program, authorized under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act), is designed to address the needs of homeless children and youths and ensure educational rights and protections for these children and youths. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) amended the McKinney-Vento Act, and changes made by the ESSA will took effect on October 1, 2016.

Thomas Academy's McKinney-Vento liaison is Ms. Shanita Ward.
She can be reached at 910-646-2237 or

Rights of Homeless Children and Youth

Who is considered homeless? Under the McKinney-Vento Act, the term "homeless children and youths" means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes children and youths:

What protections does the McKinney-Vento Act require for homeless children and youths? Under the McKinney-Vento Act, State educational agencies (SEAs) and Local educational agencies (LEAs) must review and revise policies and procedures to remove barriers to a high-quality education for homeless children and youths.

Additional Resources

The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2001 (PDF)

Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program Non-Regulatory Guidance,
Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, July 27, 2016 (PDF)