McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless
Children & Family Youth Grant ProgramThe McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youths Grant Program is designed to promote the enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children and youth in schools, and other educational services for which they are eligible, including Head Start, Even Start, and pre-school programs administered by Newport Public Schools. In order to accomplish this mission, it is necessary to offer educational and related services to homeless children and youth to supplement the traditional classroom experience. Services provided under the McKinney-Vento Act funds must not replace the regular academic school program and must be designed to expand upon or improve services provided as part of the school’s regular academic program.
The Rhode Island Department of Education has adopted Section 725(2) of McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Act regarding the definition of homeless children and youth:
Individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence or have a primary nighttime residence in a supervised, publicly or privately, operated shelter for temporary accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill), an institution providing temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized, or a public or private place not designated for, ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodations for human beings.