SDE: Homeless Education Connecticut State Department of Education SDE: Homeless Education

Homeless Education

The Connecticut State Department of  Education will ensure that all Connecticut children in homeless situations have the opportunity to attend, enroll in and succeed in school. The federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires all school districts to ensure access to public education for children and youth experiencing homelessness and ensure success in school once enrolled. This includes: 
    • Choice of School; 
    • Comparable Services;  
    • State or Local Policies Must Not Keep Homeless Children from Attending School; and
    • Homeless Children Must Not Be Segregated.

If you are homeless or need help with housing, you are not alone. 

The best way to get help quickly is to dial 2-1-1 or visit the 2-1-1 website and click on housing and/or homelessness for programs that help people who need housing or shelter.  

Guidance to School Districts Regarding Enrollment of Displaced Children from Puerto Rico and other areas affected by recent hurricanes

Enrollment Process and Practice Guidance for Connecticut Schools Districts

Commissioner's Back-to-School Meeting, August 15, 2017

Related Resources

Five Ways Schools and Communities Can Help Children in Homeless Situations Get Back to School 

How To

    • Homeless Liaison Catalog - Contact information for Connecticut local education liaisons
    • Surrogate Parent Program - The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to ensure the appointment of a surrogate parent when a child is identified as an unaccompanied homeless youth as defined in section 725(6) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(6)).  Download the Request for Surrogate form for use in determining whether a child needs a surrogate parent and for assigning a surrogate parent to the child.


Education for Homeless Children and Youth [PDF] [DOC]

Purpose: Competitive grant program to assist local and regional boards of education with the facilitation of the enrollment, attendance and success of homeless children and youth in schools through the availability of funds under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.

Date Posted: May 8, 2015
Application Deadline: Closed

Related Resources

U.S. Department of Education (USDE) Guidance for the Education of Homeless Children/Youth 
Issue Briefs
Other Resources

Louis Tallarita

Content Last Modified on 9/29/2017 8:38:30 AM