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).
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:
Educational Services for Immigrant Children and Those Recently Arrived in the United States
The U.S. Department of Education has released a Fact Sheet and FAQ document pertaining to the education of immigrant children and those who recently arrived in the United States as unaccompanied children. Download a copy of the document
Use of Title I Funds to Support Homeless Children and Youth
Download an important memo from the NC Department of Public Instruction and NC Homeless Education Program concerning the USE OF TITLE I FUNDS TO SUPPORT HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH.
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Request Homeless Education Training from NCHEP
NCHEP 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 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.
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