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).
Registration is now open for the 2015-2016 Regional Liaison Compliance Forums
Making sure school districts are in compliance with the McKinney-Vento Act (e.g., ensuring school personnel are identifying and enrolling students immediately, providing services, and eliminating barriers to their education) is not always easy for a homeless liaison. The 2015-2016 SY Regional Compliance Forums will allow for continued learning opportunities regarding strategies in other districts and to discuss the challenges and requirements in the delivery of services. For more information (including dates, location, and registration information) visit the 2015-2016 Regional Liaison Compliance Forum web page.
The 2015-2016 SY Regional Liaison Compliance Forums are for ALL Liaisons (even if you attended the New Liaison Compliance Forum).
New Homeless Liaison Compliance Forum
NCHEP conducted its annual Compliance Forum for new homeless liaisons on September 10th, at The SERVE Center at UNCG. Visit the webpage to access handouts from the training.
Updated "Dear Colleague" Letter from the U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education released an updated “Dear Colleague" letter that provides additional detail regarding the Title I, Part A policy changes included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, and continued under the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015. Under Title I authority granted in these omnibus bills, school districts may use Title I funds to pay for all or part of the local homeless education liaison's salary and to pay the incremental costs to transport a homeless child or youth to the school of origin (above what the LEA would have otherwise provided to transport the student to his or her assigned school). Download the full letter.
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
During the school year, more than 21 million children rely on free and reduced school meals, but during the summer, only 3.8 million participate in the USDA’s summer meals program.
This means that too many kids are at risk of hunger because they are out of school. For many students, school meals provide for over half of their daily calories during the school year, which means that providing these children with access to healthy meals is a big priority.
To help prevent summer hunger, the USDA partners with schools, local governments, and community organizations to provide free meals to children during the summer through their Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The program ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Any child under the age of 18 can go to a designated summer meal site and eat for free.
How you can help:
Be a Summer Meal champion in your school and community! Check out USDA’s Summer Meals Toolkit at http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-meals-toolkit to: