Education for Homeless Children & Youth

  • Find Your Local Liaison

    The Delaware Department of Education and Delaware schools adhere to the provisions of the Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act which aims to minimize the educational disruptions experienced by students who are experiencing homelessness. According to the Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, "homeless children and youth" is defined as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth:

    • Sharing housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship;
    • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
    • Living in emergency or transitional shelters;
    • Abandoned in hospitals;
    • Having a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
    • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations; and
    • Migratory children living in circumstances described above.

    The following potential warning signs may indicate homelessness:

    • Lack of continuity in education
    • Poor health/nutrition
    • Transportation and attendance problems
    • Poor hygiene
    • Lack of privacy/personal space after school
    • Social and behavioral concerns
    • Reactions/statements by parent, guardian or child

    Under the Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, students experiencing homelessness are guaranteed the right to a free, appropriate, public education. When students experience homelessness, they can remain enrolled in the schools they have been attending, although they might no longer meet residency requirements. McKinney-Vento also guarantees students experiencing homelessness the right to enroll in a public school even if they lack the typically required documents and immunizations. In addition, students experiencing homelessness are guaranteed the transportation they need to attend school.

    National Association for the Education Homeless Children and Youth

    National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE

    If you or a family member are experiencing homelessness and need emergency shelter, call 302-654-0126 x112

    You can email, also. Centralized Intake Services are available from 8 AM - 5 PM, Mondays - Fridays. Staff will assist you with locating available emergency shelter in all 3 counties in Delaware.

    If you are fleeing domestic violence, call:
    New Castle County Hotline: 302-762-6110
    Northern Kent County Hotline: 302-678-3886
    Kent and Sussex Hotline: 302-422-8058

    All 24-hour hotline phone numbers are confidential, and staffed by trained professionals that can assist you with safety planning and access to available resources.

    Find Housing, Find a Place to Live Call 1-877-428-8844.

  • Delaware Administrative Code Title 14 Education; 901 Education of Homeless Children and Youth


    School Year 2021 - 2022
    District or Charter School  Total Number of Students Experiencing Homelessness
    Christina 565
    Capital 462
    Colonial 343
    Red Clay 330
    Caesar Rodney 257
    Seaford 210
    Smyrna 200
    Brandywine 191
    Cape Henlopen 153
    Indian River 152
    Milford 129
    Appoquinimink 92
    Laurel 89
    New Castle County Vo-Tech 73
    Woodbridge 70
    Delmar 56
    Lake Forest 19
    Las Americas ASPIRA Academy 17
    * *
    TOTAL 3477
    * Districts and Charter Schools with less than 15 students experiencing homelessness are redacted from this list, but the students are included in the total count.


    McKinney-Vento Subgrant Awards

    2021-2024 Recipients

    • Appoquinimink School District: $25,000.00
    • Caesar Rodney School District: $25,000.00
    • Cape Henlopen School District: $25,000.00
    • Capital School District: $25,000.00
    • Christina School District: $25,000.00
    • Indian River School District: $25,000.00
    • Milford School District: $10,000.00
    • New Castle County Vo-Tech School District: $9,000.00
    • Seaford School District: $25,000.00
    • Smyrna School District: $25,000.00
    • Woodbridge School District: $25,000.00
  • State Coordinator for Homeless Education
    Ruth A. Uhey , Ed.D.
    Education Associate, Out-of-School Time Programs and Students Experiencing Homelessness
    School Support Services
    Delaware Department of Education
    Collette Education Resource Center
    35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
    Dover, DE 19904
    302.857.3349 (T) 302.739.1769 (F)

Last Modified on August 4, 2022