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The Pennsylvania Homeless Children’s Initiative is the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s response to The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act of 2001 (Sections 721-726-P.L. 107-110 NCLB). The key mandate of the law is to ensure that homeless and unaccompanied youth have continued access to free, appropriate education on an equal basis as other children.

By definition of this act, homeless or unaccompanied children are found in the following places or situations:

  > Public or private shelters

  > Public or private places not designated for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human beings—vehicles, parks, motels, campgrounds, etc.

  > Living with a family member or friends in a domestic shelter or private home due to the lack of housing

  > Runaway children (under 18 years of age) and children and youth who have been abandoned or forced out of their home by parents or other caretakers (including such youth from 18 through 21 years of age who may still be eligible for educational services in regular or special education.)

  > Children of migrant families who lack adequate housing

  > School-age, unwed mothers or expectant mothers living in houses for unwed mothers when they have no other available living accommodations

  > Other circumstances that cause the student not to have a permanent residence

If you are aware of any children in the district who may possibly fit the above criteria, please contact your school’s counselor, teacher, or principal. One may also contact the Bradford Area School District’s homeless liaison, Sarah Tingley at 368-3183 or stingley@bradfordareaschools.org

Services and support is available for these students.