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).
NCHEP Job Opening
The North Carolina Homeless Education Program (NCHEP) is seeking an additional staff member in our Greensboro office. Go to Job Posting Announcement #013365 for more information about the position and how to apply.
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:
The Department of Education has determined that the McKinney-Vento amendments included in the Every Student Succeeds Act will take effect on October 1, 2016, with the exception of the removal of "awaiting foster care placement" from the McKinney-Vento definition of homeless which will go into effect on December 10, 2016.
For the non-regulatory guidance on the Education for Homeless Children and Youth, please visit: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/160240ehcyguidance072716.pdf
For a fact sheet that provides school staff, teachers, and principals, on the impacts of homelessness, key rights of homeless students under the McKinney-Vento Act, and tips for how school staff can support the homeless students and families they may serve visit http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/160315ehcyfactsheet072716.pdf
To review the press release on the importance of identifying and serving homeless children and youth, visit http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-department-releases-guidance-homeless-children-and-youth
Additionally, the US Department of Education released a new web page that highlights the Department initiatives related to identifying and supporting students experiencing homelessness from pre-school to post-secondary ages. Topics include:
To learn more, please visit:
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, http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/index.html will guide you to a 28 page guidance document as well as to two Dear Colleague Letters.
This webinar is one of a series hosted by the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) to explore in greater detail discrete provisions concerning the non-regulatory guidance on the new ESSA foster care provisions. Download the flyer to read more information about the webinar series.
Joint Federal Letter on Serving Immigrants Experiencing Homelessness
Earlier this month, the U.S. Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development issued a joint letter that reminds recipients of federal funds how the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 applies to their programs. The joint letter is available for downloading at https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/Joint-Letter-August-2016.pdf.
Summer Meals for Students
Families can identify nearby sites by calling 1-866-348-6479 (English) or
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 http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp and help the USDA to ensure that no child goes hungry this summer.
Registration for the NAEHCY 2016 Conference is open
Conference dates: October 30-November 1 (preconference is October 29)
Federal Data Summary School Years 2011-12 to 2013-14: