Education for Homeless Children
Katrina left more than 1 millions people homeless, including well
over 200,000 school age children (over 135,000 in Louisiana alone).
families leave the most devastated areas, they will disperse to friends
and relatives homes across the country.
Rights of Homeless Children
article by parent attorney Mike O'Connor summarizes basic education
rights of all homeless children and reviews the rights
of children with disabilities. Websites at the bottom of the article
offer more detailed information.
for Educating Homeless Children
Coordinators for Homeless Education - Every
state is required by federal law to have a State Coordinator for Homeless
Education. This person is responsible for ensuring the understanding
of and compliance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
in public schools throughout the state.
National Center for Homeless Education - The Center provides research, resources, and information enabling communities to address the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
McKinney-Vento Online Training Presentations - PowerPoint Presentation, sample letters, and many PDF information handouts for administrators and community workers
Grants for Educating Homeless Children
for Homeless Children and Youth Program - Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento
Homeless Assistance Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind
Act of 2001 Non-Regulatory Guidance, July 2004
Assistance Specifically for Survivors of Hurricane Katrina
Ways to Help in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - This is an incredibly comprehensive database of information for survivors of Hurricane Katrina and for those who want to help created by Meredith Warshaw of the Uniquely Gifted site. Ways to Help includes links to all kinds of disaster relief information - how to register with FEMA, information on finding loved ones, housing, donations, how to volunteer, schooling /homeschooling, and animal rescue. There is a section with Houston-specific information.
Local Support Systems for Community Members