NAEHCY News: FAFSA Victory, Proposed ESSA Regulations, Youth Data, and Scholar Summit


July 2016 – In This Issue:

  • FAFSA Victory for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth: A NAEHCY Perspective
  • Only Two Weeks Left to Submit Comments on Proposed ESSA Regulations
  • Homelessness Questions on the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey
  • 2016 NAEHCY Scholar Summit in Washington DC
  • NAEHCY Conference Preview: Early Childhood Homelessness
  • NAEHCY in Action: Presentations and Events
NAEHCY Scholars with U.S. Secretary of Education John King

FAFSA Victory for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth: A NAEHCY Perspective

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it will make two substantial changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to better support unaccompanied homeless youth. First, beginning with the 2017-18 application that comes online this fall, the Department will change the text on the FAFSA on the web to be more supportive of unaccompanied homeless youth. Second, for the 2018-19 application, the Department will remove the definition of “youth.” This change will allow unaccompanied  22- and 23-year-old applicants to indicate that they are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Read more.

Action Needed: Only Two Weeks Left to Submit Comments on Proposed ESSA Regulations

The public comment period for proposed regulations to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act closes on August 1. NAEHCY is particularly concerned about a proposed requirement that State Education Agencies (SEAs) ensure that school districts provide transportation to the school of origin for children in foster care, even if the LEA and child welfare agency do not agree on which agency will pay any additional costs of transportation. The proposed regulation contradicts ESSA’s statutory language, and defeats ESSA’s requirement that LEAs and child welfare agencies develop transportation procedures collaboratively.  Read more

Read the ground-breaking Hidden in Plain Sight report, and get the digital media toolkit for compelling social media graphics! #UnseenStudents

Homelessness Questions on the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Advocacy Needed

Next year’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) could generate the largest national pool of data on youth homelessness ever collected—but it won’t happen without advocacy. For the first time ever, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has included two homelessness questions on its 2017 YRBS optional questionnaire. The YRBS includes a national school-based survey of high school students conducted every two years, as well as regional surveys in individual states and some school districts. The survey monitors priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults. Read more.

NAEHCY Scholar Summit in Washington DC: A Reunion That Makes a Difference

The Class of 2014 NAEHCY scholars convened in Washington D.C., on June 12-15 for a summit that not only yielded results in shaping federal education policy, but also was a sweet reunion of friends who had bonded 18 months earlier, when they first received their scholarships.  “It was great to see my fellow scholars with whom I have become close. I have not come across many people in my life who I can talk to and relate with in the way I can with these friends. It was a once in a lifetime event to meet the Secretary of Education John King.”  Read more.

NAEHCY Conference Preview: Early Childhood Homelessness

More than 50% of children served by HUD-funded emergency/transitional housing providers in 2012 were age five or younger. In fact, infancy is the period of life when a person is at highest risk of living in a homeless shelter in the United States. Experiences of homelessness during infancy and toddlerhood are associated with poor academic achievement and engagement in elementary school. NAEHCY’s annual conference will offer a robust track on early childhood education and homelessness, with sessions on new child care and Head Start policies, how to implement new ESSA policies for young children experiencing homelessness, supporting young children in shelter settings, family engagement, and more. Next month, we’ll unveil our full conference offerings, but rooms are filling up early this year. Don’t delay – register today!

NAEHCY in Action: Presentations and Events

July 10-13, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators annual conference, Washington DC

July 14-15, Arkansas Department of Education, Little Rock, AR

September 21-22, Arizona Department of Education, Phoenix, AZ

September 28 & 29, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Annual Homeless Liaison Training, Spokane and Sea-Tac, WA

October 4, Colorado Department of Education, Homeless Education Training

October 5, Whidbey Island Youth Homelessness Task Force meeting

October 18, Rhode Island Department of Education, Homeless Education Training

October 19Connecticut Department of Education, Homeless Education Training

October 20, Community Homeless Youth Forum,  Brunswick, ME

October 29 – November 2, Orlando, FL. Shine On: NAEHCY’s annual conference. Thisyear’s conference will be history in the making: the first NAEHCY conference of the ESSA era! We’ll provide high quality professional development to prepare communities for theEvery Student Succeeds Act, along with diverse content on early childhood education, higher education, housing, and access to services.

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