Listed here will be a variety of resources available to our District Homeless Liaisons from Salem, Cumberland and Cape May counties though anyone can feel free to use these resources as necessary. We will post pertinent information as it becomes available and any other news that will assist our students, families and school personnel in an effort to support families in transition.  Please do not hesitate to contact our offices should you need assistance. 

    PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR:                                                                 
    DIANE CIOFFI                                                             
    140 East Avenue, Woodstown, NJ  08098                                                  
    (856) 769-0144 x 55560 | cioffi.d@woodstown.org
    140 East Avenue, Woodstown, NJ  08098
    (856) 769-0144 x 66149 | miller.l@woodstown.org

    Anyone can use these resources listed here to gain valuable information regarding the rights for each child's education while they are living in a transitional or temporary period in related to their housing situation. 

    McKinney-Vento Act in NJAC 6A:17
    This was adopted to ensure that homeless children and students placed in state facilities are provided with a thorough and efficient education. This chapter establishes uniform statewide policies and procedures to ensure the enrollment of homeless children and to respond to appeals made by parents or other parties related to the enrollment of homeless children. The chapter also identifies general program requirements related to the operation, administration, and approval of educational programs in state facilities.

    National Council for Homeless Education (NCHE)
    Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) operates the Department's technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. In this role, NCHE works with schools, service providers, parents, and other interested stakeholders to ensure that children and youth experiencing homelessness can enroll and succeed in school.  NCHE is based at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

    For all school districts to order mandatory postings in regard to families experiencing homelessness:

    McKinney-Vento Information for NJ
    The Stewart B. McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth (McKinney-Vento EHCY) program provides homeless students with protections and services to ensure they enroll in and attend school; complete their high school education and be positioned for success after graduation, so they may avoid poverty and homelessness as adults. Of the over 1.3 million children and youth experiencing homelessness in the United States, more than 10,900 homeless children and youth were identified in the state of New Jersey during the 2016-17 school year.

    The Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Education Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations
    This is a great primer of the most commonly seen situations and questions related to children experiencing homelessness while attending school. 

    Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program Non-Regulatory Guidance
    This is from the US Department of Education and offers some guidance on the regulations related to McKinney-Vento that was re-enacted through ESSA. Significant guidance is non-binding and does not create or impose new legal requirements.  The USDOE is issuing this guidance to provide states and LEA's with information to assist them in meeting their obligations under the McKinney-Vento Act.

    Worn Out Welcome Mat: Family Homelessness in New Jersey
    This is a video produced about the plight of several families in NJ who are and have remained homeless while their children are attending school.  New Jersey parents and kids share what it's like to experience homelessness and what school means to them. (20 min) Funded by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education program of the NJ Department of Education, 2018.

    Department of Human Services - Social Services for the Homeless (SSH)
    This is a link to the website where individuals experiencing homelessness can touch base with both state and local affiliates who can help to initiate services.