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state coordinators' handbook

State Coordinators' Handbook


The State Coordinators' Handbook is a useful tool to assist State Coordinators for Homeless Education in implementing the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act in their state. The Handbook provides information and strategies compiled from State Coordinators across the country for identifying local liaisons (as required by federal law), training local liaisons in their role, and maintaining ongoing communication with local liaisons. Select the file name below to download.


The State Coordinators' Handbook is a web-based document that may be accessed online in its entirety, by each section, or by each appendix. The Handbook has hyperlinks from the Table of Contents down to each section within the Handbook. Following are tips to help you navigate through the document:
  • At the bottom of each page, there is a hyperlink on each page number which returns the reader to that section within the Table of Contents (for example, clicking on page number B-3 returns the reader to Section B within the overall Table of Contents).
  • The title of the document and section are within the footer on each page. Clicking on that part of the footer will return the reader to the beginning of that section (for example, clicking on "State Coordinators' Handbook: Charting the Course" at the bottom of page B-4 will return the reader to page B-1 which is the beginning of Section B).
  • Each appendix that has multiple pages also has hyperlinks within the footer that return the reader to the beginning of that specific appendix.
  • Hyperlinks throughout the document lead to other parts of the Handbook as well as external weblinks.
  • The standalone sections have hyperlinks from the Table of Contents page down to each section and the footer at the bottom of the page returns the reader to the Table of Contents.

Handbook Files for Downloading

State Coordinators' Handbook (complete document)

Section A. State Coordinators' Handbook Introduction
Section B. Charting the Course: How do State Coordinators Plan and Fulfill Their Responsibilities?
Section C. Data Collection and Reporting

Section D. Tips on Preparing for Federal Monitoring Review of the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program
Section E. Technical Assistance for LEAs
Section F. The McKinney-Vento Subgrant Process
Section G. Fiscal Oversight
Section H. Connections to Collaborations: Yours, Mine, and Ours

Updates Since the Release of the Original Handbook in 2010

Section I. Taking a Regional Approach to Awarding McKinney-Vento Subgrants: Advantages and Challenges of Implementation

Section J: Dispute Resolution
Section K. Strengthening Services for Native American Students Experiencing Homelessness: The Power of Relationships
Section L. When Disaster Strikes: What State Coordinators Need to Know and Do ⇑ back to top
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The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. NCHE is housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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