Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program

 All Texas public schools, charter schools, and education services centers, collectively known as local education agencies (LEAs), must follow federal rules concerning the education of homeless students. These requirements are detailed in the McKinney-Vento Act, all LEAs. 

Homeless Education Liaisons

Every Local Education Agency must designate an appropriate staff person as a local homeless education liaison and submit that person's name to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). This information is to be submitted to the AskTED online directory by the LEA's AskTED administrator. AskTED is TEA's online Texas Education Directory (TED). AskTED is the database where the homeless education liaison's contact information is maintained.

The Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Liaison Directory has been imported into the AskTED directory. Your AskTED administrator does not have to resubmit the LEA's homeless education liaison's information if they were previously listed in the TEHCY directory. If you discover information that is out of date or incorrect, updates and/or changes regarding the homeless education liaison's contact information must be submitted to TEA through each LEA's AskTED administrator.

The information in the TEHCY website directory is updated periodically from the AskTED directory. LEAs are no longer required to input this information directly to the TEHCY directory.

To learn how to use AskTED to access homeless education liaison contact information directly, download the PDF instructions.

Education Service Center McKinney-Vento Liaisons 

ESC Name Title Email Phone # Webpage
1 Manuel Salinas Specialist for School Health and Counseling  mansalinas@esc1.net 956-984-6138 https://www.esc1.net/Page/5984 
2 Alexis Gutierrez Education Specialist- State & Federal Programs alexis.gutierrez@esc2.usstatefed@esc2.net  361-561-8612 http://nclb.esc2.net/node/42​ 
3 Contact information coming soon.        
4 LaShonda Evans Education Specialist  Lashonda.evans@esc4.net  713-744-6380 McKinney-Vento TEHCY website link coming soon.
5 Brenda Thompson  MV Liaison / Program Specialist brendat@esc5.net  (409) 951-1877 https://www.esc5.net/523260_3 
6 Albert H. Archuleta Education Specialist - Title I Part C Migrant, McKinney-Vento Liaison, and Foster Care   aarchuleta@esc6.net   (936) 435-8228 https://www.esc6.net/472298_3 
7 Tara Evers Specialist tevers@esc7.net  903-988-6983 https://www.esc7.net/page/fp.mckinneyvento  
8 Marilu Calixto Migrant Specialist & McKinney-Vento Liaison mcalixto@reg8.net  903-918-0806 https://sites.google.com/reg8.net/region-8-tehcy/home 
9 Lacy Murphey School Counseling Specialist lacy.murphey@esc9.net  (940) 322-6928 https://www.esc9.net/453216_3 
10 Deon Quinn          Program Coordinator  deon.quinn@region10.org  972-348-1786 https://www.region10.org/programs/mckinney-vento-homeless/overview/ 
11 Christie Miller Federal Programs Team Lead cjmiller@esc11.net  817-740-3694 https://www.esc11.net/Page/4366 
12 Amberly Walker Coordinator, Federal Programs awalker@esc12.net  254-301-5391 https://www.esc12.net/page/fp_McKinney_Homeless 
13 Jerretta Jimmerson-Davenport  Education Specialist/ McKinney -Vento Liaison Jerretta.JimmersonDavenport@esc13.txed.net  512-919-5184 https://esc13.net/special-populations/homeless-education 
14 Tina Haywood McKinney-Vento/Foster Care Consultant thaywood@esc14.net  325.675.8624 https://sites.google.com/esc14.net/esc14mckinneyvento/home
15 Carol Stevens McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison carol.stevens@esc15.net  325-481-4047 https://www.esc15.net/Domain/111 
16 Vickie Ansley Coordinator, Federal Programs vickie.ansley@esc16.net  806-677-5134 www.esc16.net 
17 Angie Watson Education Specialist awatson@esc17.net  806-281-5862 https://www.esc17.net/page/ca.tehcy 
18 Angie Balderrama Educational Consultant - Migrant & McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison abalderrama@esc18.net  432-567-3205 https://www.esc18.net/apps/pages/title-I-part-A-homeless-fostercare 
19 Manuel Aldaco  McKinney-Vento Liaison   mdaldaco@esc19.net  915.780.5316 https://www.esc19.net/Domain/123 
20 Karina Gonzalez Consultant, Migrant Academic Counseling and Support Services Karina.gonzalez@esc20.net  (210)370-5773 https://www.esc20.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1669742&type=d&pREC_ID=1820382 

 

Additional Resources

Local Educational Agency Liaisons Fact Sheet

Local Homeless Education Liaisons: Important Information for New Liaisons

The Educational Rights of Students in Homeless Situations: What District Administrators Should Know

Homeless Student Identification

Every LEA must identify students experiencing homelessness within their district. This process must be done regularly and in a way that is auditable. In Texas, most districts choose to use a student residency questionnaire to help determine whether or not students qualify as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act. 

2018-2019 TEHCY Program Infographic (PDF)

2017-2019 TEHCY Program Infographic (PDF)

The Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program Infographic summarizes identification and graduation data for students experiencing homelessness enrolled in Texas public schools for 2018, 2019, and 2020 school years.

Additional Resources

Student Residency Questionnaire (English and Spanish)

McKinney-Vento Posters

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released new McKinney-Vento Posters.  There are two versions of the poster, one to assist parents of school-age youth and a second to assist unaccompanied youth.  The posters are available in both English and Spanish. 

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) can download the digital files below and post this information on their LEA homeless education program webpage.

LEAs should collaborate with their school staff and community partners (e.g. food pantries, faith-based organizations, local housing authorities, shelters, etc.) to share printed copies of this poster.  

McKinney-Vento Posters for Parents English Version

McKinney-Vento Posters for Parents Spanish Version

McKinney-Vento Posters for Youth English Version

McKinney-Vento Posters for Youth Spanish Version 

    Homeless Student Enrollment

    Students who are experiencing homelessness are to be enrolled immediately. Districts cannot require students experiencing homelessness to provide proof of residency, immunizations, birth certificates guardianship documents, or any other sort of required paperwork before enrolling. Requiring missing paperwork or any other delay to enrollment is a violation of the McKinney-Vento Act. 

    Additional Resources

    Enrollment Fact Sheet  

    FAQ on Immunization Requirements for School Admittance

    Prompt and Proper Placement: Enrolling Students without Records 

    Homeless Student School Determination

    Students who are experiencing homelessness have the right to attend school in their school of origin or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing. School of origin is defined as the school in which the child/youth was enrolled when they became homeless, or the school in which the child/youth was last enrolled. The campus a child attends is determined by which campus can serve the best interests of the child. In Texas a student experiencing homelessness may enroll in any district they choose, regardless of the location of their residence, school of origin or attendance zone campus. 

    Additional Resources

    School Selection Fact Sheet

    School Selection Provisions from the McKinney-Vento Act and the Texas Education Code

    Checklist for McKinney-Vento School Choice Considerations 

    Dispute Resolution

    Disagreements over school enrollment and best interest determinations must be resolved through the dispute resolution process. While in the dispute resolution process the child is entitled to attend the campus in question until the matter is resolved.

    Additional Resources

    Dispute Resolution

    Dispute Resolution Process Regarding the Educational Placement of Homeless Children and Youth 

    Sample Dispute Resolution Notification Letter 

    Transportation

    Students experiencing homelessness have the right to transportation to their school of origin. This provision applies even if a student moves outside of the school of origins’ attendance zone or district boundaries. School of origin transportation must continue for the duration of the child’s homelessness or until the end of the school year in which a child becomes permanently housed. 

    Additional Resources

    Transportation Fact Sheet 

    Transportation Questions and Answers

    Title I Services

    Students experiencing homelessness who are not on a Title-I campus are eligible to receive Title-I services.
    These services are provided at the discretion of the LEA through existing Title-I programs or through the use of Title-I, Part A set-aside funds for students who are not on Title-I campuses. Students on Title-I campuses may receive additional supplemental services to the services being provided on their campus through the Title-I, Part A set-asides as well. Services may include personal school supplies, items of clothing that are necessary to meet a school’s dress requirement, immunizations, supplemental counseling services, tutoring, costs associated with credit recovery, or other similar activities to address a child’s opportunity for school success. 

     

     

    For more information about homeless students, services, and opportunities, please visit the Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth website.

    Contact Information

    Cal Lopez
    McKinney-Vento Homeless Education State Coordinator
    Highly Mobile and At-Risk Student Programs Division
    Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program
    (512) 463-9414
    HomelessEducation@tea.texas.gov