Homeless Support Services provides, free of charge, several educational and advocacy programs to support the education of children in temporary living situations. Children who are living in Suffolk County and who do not have a fixed, regular and adequate place to live are entitled to certain protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act concerning their education. Advocacy is provided for students, (those accompanied by their parents and those who are unaccompanied) parents or anyone working for homeless children in Suffolk County, providing a case by case evaluation and resolution of their needs. The Teacher Liaison acts as a coordinator between schools and community agencies to advocate for these ends.
A wide-ranging network of school district Homeless Liaisons and agency professionals meets several times during the school year for all concerned to learn and to support each other as they work to responsibly accommodate the rights of children under the law.
Homework help is provided in several shelters in Suffolk County to support children in after-school learning.
Professional development training is offered as needed throughout the county. This office also serves as a clearinghouse of printed information and resources for the success of homeless children in school.
The Mobile Outreach Parent-Child Home Program – MOPCHP
This model of the Parent Child Home Program is essentially the same as the home-based Parent - Child Home Program except that the recipients of the program are homeless families. The program is designed to stimulate the development of educationally at-risk Pre-K children. Trained home visitors demonstrate to parents/caregivers how to talk and read to their two and three year old children while staying in temporary housing. They give developmentally appropriate books and toys to each family. Home visitors provide consistent service to children and families for 2 – 3 years.
This family literacy program is delivered to homeless children ages 18 months to 4 years old and their parents. It provides on-going educational services for each family with the same home-visitor for 2 – 3 years. Children who complete the Parent Child Home Program enter school ready to learn and graduate from high school at the same rate as middle-income students.
Esperanza serves migrant eligible children and youth affected by homelessness in school districts in Nassau and Suffolk Counties with educational advocacy and supplemental educational support. The services are available to families meeting the traditional migrant eligibility, as well as the criteria for homelessness, as stated in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Act. This includes migrant children who do not have a fixed, regular and adequate place to live.
For additional information visit the web-based resources for Homeless Support Services listed below:
- New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students
- NYS-TEACHS provides technical assistance to school districts, social service providers, shelters, families, youth and others about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance.
- A Toll Free Helpline for questions about school-related issues(800-388-2014)