When Families are in Transition
When families find themselves in transition (homeless) due to economic or social factors Princeton Public Schools puts a high priority on students receiving education and services in their schools-of origin (the school a student attended when first homeless). Education in their school-of-origin provides students with stability when other many family factors are in flux. School stability and continuity of instruction are linked to school success including achievement, grade promotion and graduation. A child may lose 4-6 months of academic progress with each move to a new school.
McKinney-Vento Education for Children and Youth who are Homeless
The federal McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Act (NCLB, Title X.C) requires that children and youth who experience homelessness receive a free appropriate public education. The Act requires public schools, whether or not they receive Title I funds, dedicated homeless education funds or any federal funds to remove barriers to homeless students' enrollment attendance and success.