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Welcome to the website of the North Carolina Homeless Education Program (NCHEP). NCHEP operates the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's technical assistance center in the area of homeless education. For assistance with homeless education issues, contact NCHEP at 1-800-659-3204 (toll-free).

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What's New?

Guidance on Foster Care and Education

Joint guidance from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services about implementation of the foster care provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was released on June 23, 2016. This link, will guide you to a 28 page guidance document as well as to two Dear Colleague Letters.

The document delivers a strong message that the unique needs of children in foster care must be addressed. Because these provisions go into effect December 10, 2016, state and local child welfare and education agencies must immediately begin conversations about their shared responsibility to support the school stability and success of students in foster care.

The foster care provisions of ESSA, coupled with the school stability provisions of the Fostering Connections Act, envision shared responsibility for school stability and success between child welfare and education agencies. This joint guidance offers details about the requirements under the new law, provides examples from around the country about "what's working" to support students in foster care, and will be a critical resource in implementation efforts.

Summer Meals for Students

Families can identify nearby sites by calling 1-866-348-6479 (English) or
1-877-842-6273 (Spanish) or using a text service operated by a USDA partner by texting FOOD (English) or COMIDA (Spanish) to 877-877.

During the school year, more than 21 million children receive free and reduced-price meals, but only about 1 in 6 of those students participate in the summer meals programs. This is the critical gap that the summer meals programs work to fill. For many students, school meals provide for over half of their daily calories during the academic year, which means that ensuring these children have access to healthy food --including over the summer--is a big priority for their growth and development.

Research confirms that food insecurity can impact young children’s cognitive health and can contribute to poorer school performance, a greater likelihood of illness, and higher healthcare costs. This program makes it possible for any child under the age of 18 to visit a designated summer meal site and eat for free.

Learn more about Summer Food Service Program at and help the USDA to ensure that no child goes hungry this summer.

LEA and Charter School McKinney-Vento Web Pages

Please be reminded that your district’s McKinney-Vento web page should include the following minimal information:

  • Definition of the McKinney-Vento Act and who qualifies
  • Parent/Unaccompanied Youth rights
  • Contact information for the district McKinney-Vento liaison

Under ESSA (the ESEA reauthorization), state homeless education programs must post on their websites links to LEAs’ and charter schools’ McKinney-Vento web pages along with their homeless liaison contact information. Local Liaison contact information is already available on the NCHEP website on the NC Policies & Contacts page. We will add a column to the downloadable document to include the URLs.

The web page URLs submission deadline was June 15th. If you have not submitted your web page URL to NCHEP for inclusion, complete the online form at:

Check the NCHEP Calendar for Important Dates

  • 2016-2017 New Homeless Liaison Compliance Forum
  • 2016-2017 Regional Compliance Forums

Learning Institute Resources

Access presentations, handouts, and the ESSA video on the NCHEP 2016 Learning Institute page.

Registration for the NAEHCY 2016 Conference is open

Conference dates: October 30-November 1 (preconference is October 29)
Conference location: Orlando, FL
Visit the NAEHCY Conference page for more information.

President Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015

On December 10, 2015, the President signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Under the previous version of ESEA (the No Child Left Behind Act), the education of homeless children and youth was included in Title X, Part C. Under ESSA, homeless education is included in Title IX, Part A. For more information:

Federal Data Summary School Years 2011-12 to 2013-14:
Education for Homeless Children and Youth

This 2015 report provides a summary of the 2013-2014 state data collection required by the U.S. Department of Education of the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. Download the report.

District Spotlight

spotlightRead how the efforts of the Iredell-Statesville Homeless Education Program staff are working to reduce barriers so that children and youth can be successful in school.


Quick Links to NCHEP Resources

Request Homeless Education Training from NCHEP

homeless education trainingNCHEP staff members are available to provide Homeless Education training in your school district or community agency. Visit NCHEP's online training request form to request a training in your area.

nchep product collageNCHEP is pleased to announce the availability of online ordering of NCHEP products. Now you can order NCHEP brochures and posters with the click of a mouse.
Visit NCHEP's online order form to order NCHEP products in hard copy.
Download NCHEP products in electronic copy.

NCHEP listservStay informed about emerging issues in the field of homeless education and dialogue with other across the state about promising practices and strategies.

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