Education for Homeless Children & Youth
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.
If you or a family member are experiencing homelessness and need emergency shelter, call 302-654-0126 x112
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. https://dvcc.delaware.gov/24-hour-hotline-numbers
Find Housing, Find a Place to Live DelawareHousingSearch.org Call 1-877-428-8844.
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
- 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)