Education of Homeless Children and Youth
MA Appleseed is at the forefront of ensuring proper implementation of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. McKinney-Vento is a federal law that entitles children who are homeless to a public education, regardless of where they reside. The law requires schools to remove any barriers to their enrollment, attendance, and success in school. MA Appleseed has worked successfully with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to address implementation issues, including educating parents and school system leaders about the federal law's requirements. Through its role as a member of the Mass. Steering Committee on the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, MA Appleseed continues to monitor the issue.