The Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program, authorized under the Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Act, was reauthorized in Dec. 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The McKinney-Vento Act is designed to address the challenges that homeless children and youths have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school with a strong emphasis on the importance of school stability for homeless children and youths. Changing schools multiple times significantly impedes a student’s academic and social growth. Therefore, the McKinney-Vento Act calls for school districts to maintain students in their school of origin to promote school stability and greater educational outcomes overall, unless it is not in the student’s best interest.

Wilson County Schools’ EHCY Program is called Student Training, Enrichment, and Progress (STEP).  This program services children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.  For a description of this statute, please visit the Tennessee State Department of Education’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program website.

Parents/guardians/students who disagree with enrollment decisions under this program are able to appeal the enrollment decision.  Please click here for the Dispute Resolution Process.

Services and programs that STEP may offer may be accessed by clicking here for the Residency Form and Services Available for STEP.

For more information, contact:

Julie Harrison
Federal Projects Supervisor and Homeless Liaison
615-444-3282 Ext. 7291
harrisonj@wcschools.com