The Connecticut State Department of Education will ensure that all Connecticut children in homeless situations have the opportunity to attend, enroll in and succeed in school. The federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires all school districts to ensure access to public education for children and youth experiencing homelessness and ensure success in school once enrolled. This includes:
- Choice of School;
- Comparable Services;
- State or Local Policies Must Not Keep Homeless Children from Attending School; and
- Homeless Children Must Not Be Segregated.
If you are homeless or need help with housing, you are not alone.
The best way to get help quickly is to dial 2-1-1 or visit the 2-1-1 website and click on housing and/or homelessness for programs that help people who need housing or shelter.
Guidance to School Districts Regarding Enrollment of Displaced Children from Puerto Rico and Other Areas Affected by Recent Hurricanes
- Governor Dannel P. Malloy Press Release, Malloy Administration Issues Guidance to School Districts Regarding Enrollment of Displaced Children from Puerto Rico
- Commissioner Wentzell's Memo to Superintendents, Displaced Children from Puerto Rico, English Spanish
- National Center for Homeless Education Brief, What School District Administrators Should Know About the Educational Rights of Children and Youth Displaced by Disasters
- National Center for Homeless Education Brief, Meeting the Educational Needs of Students Displaced by Disasters: Youth on Their Own
- School House Connection, Supporting Children and Youth Displaced by Disasters: Five Key Policies