Homeless Liaisons of Cuyahoga County School Districts
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Program was designed to make sure all homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education as children and youth who are not homeless. This includes preschool education. State and local educational agencies are required to develop, review and revise policies to remove barriers to the enrollment, attendance and success in school that homeless children and youth may experience. Local educational agencies also must provide homeless children and youth with the opportunity to meet the same challenging state content and state student performance standard.
Every school must appoint a homeless liaison as part of their Title I funding. We update these every year and post on our website for families to use if they are experiencing a homeless episode during the school year. These liaisons would help with transportation back to the school of origin, provide additional tutoring or resources for the children so that their school is not disrupted.
—updated September 2017 by the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless www.neoch.org