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McKinney-Vento Homeless Program


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Special Identified Populations Education Policies
The McKinney-Vento Children and Youth Homeless Education Program implemented in Montgomery Public Schools is designed to provide services to homeless children and youth ensuring that they have the same opportunity as non-homeless children to meet with school success. The program addresses concerns that homeless students may face in enrolling, attending and succeeding in school. The target population for this program fall into several categories: (1) doubled-up families which includes children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; (2) runaway, abused, neglected or ungovernable adolescents at safe place shelters; (3) children and their mothers who reside in domestic abuse shelters and transitional housing; (4) families residing in the emergency shelters, hotels, or other temporary arrangements; (5) pregnant teen or young mothers and their babies in shelters due to their problematic situations; (6)  unaccompanied youth. In meeting the needs of these identified groups, students are provided academic services; and (7) migratory children who qualify as homeless. Montgomery Public Schools strives to make a positive difference in the lives of homeless students.

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Purposes of the Program:

· To provide a free and appropriate education for homeless students.

· To provide the tools, services and support to enable homeless students to meet challenging academic standards.

· To increase the identification of homeless children in Montgomery Public Schools.

· To increase the awareness among community agencies, parents and school personnel of the services available to these students.

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Services Available:

Through the implementation of the Stewart B. McKinney-Vento Homeless Education grant Montgomery Public Schools has been able to respond to the needs of identified children and youth by offering the following services:

· Assistance with school supplies, uniforms, personal items and other essentials for school success.

· Assistance with homework and special projects

· Tutoring and academic counseling

· Assistance with transportation

· Assistance with birth certificates or the location and transfer of records

· Assistance with counseling and parenting for parents of homeless children

· Pre-school services