This Saturday, July 15, marks the 30th anniversary of the McKinney-Vento Act, the landmark legislation that mandated the removal of barriers to education for homeless children. Today, while there is still much work to do, we’ve made great strides in understanding more about how homelessness impacts children, and how educators can support them in receiving an education that will lift them out of poverty.
The Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness has released “The Silent Crisis: Student Homelessness on the 30th Anniversary of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.”
This commentary by Barbara Duffield, SchoolHouse Connection, and Liz Cohen, ICPH’s Chief of Staff, speaks to the difference this important legislation has made in the lives of homeless children, acknowledging the progress we have made and examining the work that still has to be done. With 3 out of 100 of all U.S. students experiencing homelessness, many young futures are at stake.