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McKinney-Vento Homeless Children Education Program

Grants to Kentucky School Districts to Ensure the
Enrollment and Success of Homeless Children and Youth

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Kentucky Department of Education (KDE)

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02/02/18 4:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants averaging $65,000 to Kentucky school districts for the development and implementation of programs serving homeless youth and children. The purpose of this program is to help local education agencies facilitate the enrollment, success, and attendance of students experiencing homelessness. The request to attend the technical review session and intent to apply is due by January 5.

Funding amounts will vary dependent upon availability of funds and the following needs (list is not all inclusive): homeless population, strength of academic services proposed, allowable expenditures and potential start-up programs. Districts should design a Homeless Education Program that addresses needs identified through a comprehensive needs assessment and is education focused. Budgets should be developed based on the program design and should accurately reflect amounts needed to effectively implement it.

Grants will be awarded to LEAs based upon the review and rating of their applications:
1. Not less than fifty (50) percent of amounts provided under a grant to local districts shall be used to provide primary services of tutoring, remedial education services, or other education services to homeless children or homeless youths.
2. Not less than thirty-five (35) nor more than fifty (50) percent of amounts provided to local districts shall be used for related activities including expedited evaluations, professional development for school personnel, referrals for medical, dental, mental and other health services, transportation, before- and after-school care, and school supplies.
3. A local district that desires to receive a grant shall submit an application to the Kentucky Department of Education.

Each application shall include:
a. The number of homeless children and youth enrolled in preschool, elementary and secondary school, the needs of such children and the ability of the district to meet these needs;
b. A description of the services and programs for which assistance is sought and the problems sought to be addressed through the provision of such services and programs (i.e., enrollment, retention and educational success);
c. An assurance that assistance under the grant shall supplement and not supplant funds used before the award of the grant for purposes of providing services to homeless children and homeless youths;
d. A description of policies and procedures that the district shall implement to ensure that activities carried out by the district shall not isolate or stigmatize homeless children and homeless youth;
e. A description of coordination with other local and state agencies that serve homeless children and homeless youths; and
f. Other criteria the Kentucky Department of Education deems appropriate

Districts may collaborate and submit one application. Collaborating districts may include a county school district and an independent district or neighboring districts. One district must agree to serve as the fiscal agent for the program.

-Title IX, Part A of ESSA is also known as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
-The purpose of these funds is to ensure that homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool, as provided to other children and youth.
-Educational programs and services may be provided on school grounds or at other facilities. If services are provided on school grounds, the district must give priority to homeless children and youth, but may include children who are at risk of failing or dropping out of school.
-Districts are encouraged to develop their programs in collaboration with local homeless service providers.
-There are 27,657 homeless school-aged children in Kentucky. Homeless children or youth are defined as individuals ages zero (0) to twenty-one (21) that lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

The term includes children who are:
-Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as doubled-up);
-Living in motels, hotels, (camping) trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
-Living in emergency or transitional shelters;
-Abandoned in hospitals; or
-Have 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, or similar settings; and
-Migratory children or youth who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.

General Requirements:
1. Districts must use McKinney-Vento Homeless Education funds to expand or improve educational programs and services currently provided through the school’s regular academic program.
2. Districts must demonstrate coordination and collaboration among existing programs and services.
3. Districts must coordinate the programs and services provided through this grant with programs and services provided under Title I, Part A.
4. Districts must be in compliance with the requirements for homeless education outlined in Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
5. Each participating district must list the amount of Title I, Part A funds set-aside that will be specifically targeted toward the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education program described in this application. (List the amount on page 16) The set-aside should reflect an appropriate amount to support and implement the activities outlined in the application. This amount is in addition to set-aside funds required under ESSA that are directed toward homeless students attending schools not served by Title I, Part A. 
6. Title I funds may be used to provide services to homeless children not attending a Title I school.
7. A portion of Title I funds may be used to pay for a homeless liaison. Title I funds may be used to provide transportation for homeless youth to their school of origin.
8. Districts may not use funds from this program to replace the regular academic program.
9. Districts may not use funds from this program to supplant funds from nonfederal sources.
10. Districts must maintain documentation that clearly demonstrates the supplementary nature of these funds. The supplement, not supplant, provision also includes programs and services provided to all students through local family resource and youth services centers.
11. To the maximum extent practical, districts must provide services and programs that integrate homeless children and youth with those who are not homeless.
12. Districts may not use funds to provide services in settings within a school that segregate homeless children and youth from those who are not homeless except for short periods of time due to health and safety emergencies or for providing temporary, special, and supplementary services.
13. Districts must demonstrate program alignment with Kentucky current curriculum standards.
14. Districts must report accountability data from the ESSA report based on timelines set forth by KDE.
15. Funded programs will participate in ongoing technical assistance during the 3-year grant period. Programs may also have a desk audit and will be monitored using a KDE-developed monitoring document.

Districts may use funds to:
-Provide tutoring, supplemental instruction, and enriched education services that are linked to the same content and performance established for other children and youth.
-Expedite evaluations of the strengths and needs of homeless children and youth, including their needs and eligibility for programs and services (e.g., gifted and talented, individuals with disabilities, limited-English proficiency, Title I, Part A, Family Resources and Youth Services Centers, or similar state or local programs, vocational education, and school meal programs).
-Provide professional development and other activities for educators and pupil services personnel to heighten their understanding and sensitivity to the needs and rights of homeless students and to the specific educational needs of homeless youth.
-Refer homeless students for medical, dental, mental, and other health services.
-Help defray excess school transportation costs that are not otherwise provided through federal, state, or local funding.
-Provide developmentally appropriate early childhood education programs that are not otherwise provided through federal, state, or local funding.
-Provide programs (i.e., mentoring, summer, and before-and after-school programs) in which a teacher or other qualified individual provides tutoring, homework assistance, and supervision of education activities.
-Pay, when necessary, fees and other costs associated with tracking, obtaining, and transferring records (i.e., birth certificates, evaluations for special programs or services, and immunization, academic and guardianship records).
-Educate and train the parents of homeless children and youth about available rights and resources.
-Develop coordination between schools and agencies providing services to homeless students, including programs funded under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.
-Refer and provide such services as violence prevention counseling to homeless students.
-Develop and implement activities to address the particular needs of homeless students that may arise from domestic violence.
-Provide school supplies, including supplies distributed at shelters, temporary housing facilities or other appropriate locations.
-College career and readiness accessibility
-Provide other extraordinary or emergency assistance that enables homeless students to attend school (except for rent, motel and utilities).

-Services must be provided district-wide
-Districts may collaborate and submit one application (i.e. county and independent districts, or neighboring counties)
-Waiver of Minor Irregularities - The Kentucky Department of Education reserves the right to waive informalities and minor irregularities in applications received.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148933

Number of Grants:

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) anticipates funding 10-19 programs.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average award for this grant is approximately $65,000.

Districts may or may not receive the total amount requested. The award is based on program design and homeless count.

Term of Contract:

Tentative dates of contract are Aug 2018 - September 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Kentucky Department of Education shall make grants to local education agencies (LEA).

Districts may not charge indirect costs to the homeless education grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The KDE will host technical review sessions for applicants on January 12, 2018 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM EST.

To sign up for technical review sessions, please send an email to the address listed below and indicate your preferred date of attendance. This request to attend must be sent by 4:00 PM EST on January 5, 2018.

This email request also serves as your intent to apply, which aids the KDE in gauging the number of needed reviewers. This Intent is for planning purposes only and does not obligate you to submit an application.

Pre-Application Information:

Questions will only be accepted during the applicant technical assistance sessions on January 12th and via email to the address listed below.

Note the deadline for questions, January 17, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST).

Responses to questions will be posted to the KDE website on or before January 22nd, 2018.

Applications must be received by email on or before February 2, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST).

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