State & Federal Programs
Aligning local, state and federal resources in order to remove educational barriers and equitably support students, staff and families. This work includes reinforcing a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) while observing all Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) compliance measures at both the school and district levels.
- Multilingual Services and Programs
- Private and Parochial Services
- Migrant Education
- Homeless Transition Education Program (TEP)
- Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - (Title I, II, III, IV, I-D)
What is the Migrant Education Program (Title I, Part C)?
The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to support high quality and comprehensive programs that help migrant students overcome educational disruptions such as challenges of mobility, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, and other difficulties associated with a migratory lifestyle in order to succeed in school and to successfully transition to college, career and community.
Who qualifies for the MMSD Migrant Education program?
Any child that currently is enrolled in the Madison Metropolitan School District attendance area, age 3-21, who has not yet graduated from high school or obtained a high school equivalency diploma such as GED.
Who is considered a migratory child?
- Age- Any child ages 3-21 who has not yet graduated from high school or obtained a GED
- Move across district boundaries- The child moved from one school district to another alone or to join a parent, spouse, or guardian who is a migratory worker.
- Date of Move- The child moved within the past 3 years
- Purpose of Move- The worker sought or obtained temporary or seasonal employment in agriculture or fishing work.
Services Provided for Qualified Students:
- School supplies
- Transportation for school related purposes
- Advocacy group
- Coordination with other summer opportunities
- Supportive and referral services
- Monitoring of academic achievement
Migrant Eligibility Survey:
Fax or e-mail completed survey to: Migrant Program, Madison Metropolitan School District at 608-442-2160, firstname.lastname@example.org
MMSD's Migrant Education Program (MEP) is housed in the Department of State and Federal Programs whose vision is to align local, state and federal resources in order to remove educational barriers and equitably support students, staff and families.
MEP works to provide support services for migrant students and their families, as well as to conduct identification and recruitment, data collection and records transfer as required by law.
The Migrant Education Program:
- supports high-quality and comprehensive educational programs for migratory children to help reduce the educational disruptions and other problems that result from repeated moves;
- ensures that migratory children who move among the States are not penalized in any manner by disparities among the States in curriculum, graduation requirements and State academic content and student academic achievement standards;
- ensures that migratory children are provided with appropriate educational services (including supportive services) that address their special needs in a coordinated and efficient manner;
- ensures that migratory children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet;
- designs programs to help migratory children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit the ability of such children to do well in school, and to prepare such children to make a successful transition to postsecondary education or employment; and
- ensures that migratory children benefit from State and local systemic reforms.
(S. 117-92, Sec. 1301)
Migrant Resource Websites:
- Centro Hispano of Dane County Works to improve the quality of life for Latinos and others living in Dane County by empowering youth, strengthening families, and engaging community. Provide academic support and development for Latino youth, and workforce development and social service programming for adults.
- United Migrant Opportunity Services A non-profit advocacy organization, provides programs and services which improve the employment, educational, health and housing opportunities of under-served populations.
- Colorin Colorado! A bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners
- Madison Area Technical College - Migrant High School Equivalency Program If you or someone in your family has worked in agriculture in the past 2 years, you could qualify to earn a GED through this program.
- La Movida Radio Station Radio program that provides news, resources and other information of interest to Spanish-speaking families in Madison.
Local Support Services:
- United Way of Dane County Help Line When you need help and don't know where to turn call to reach a caring community support specialist. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dial 2-1-1 from any land line. 608-246-4357 (245-help) from cell or pay phone.
- Dane County Homeless.org Local continuum of care, local information and resources specific to homelessness
- Dane County Resource Guide (English and Spanish) Helpful numbers, shelter services, laundry,free clothes, meal sites
Dane County Pantries:
- Personal Essentials Pantry Listing of Pantries with hours, locations and contact information
- City of Madison Directory of Food Pantries (English)
- City of Madison Directory of Food Pantries (Spanish)
- The River Food Pantry Food pantry, clothes, and meal site (English & Spanish)
Our Goal is to reduce barriers to school enrollment and achievement so that children from families who are experiencing homelessness have a "full and equal opportunity" to succeed in school. Services include, but are not limited to advocacy, transportation, school supplies, resource and staff development, community education about homelessness and mobility and coordination with community partners.
- Homeless Information
- Family & Local Resources
- National Resources
- Video Resources
- Voices in Our Community Project
- TEP Donation Requests
- Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Did you know that on average, it takes 4-6 months to recover academic progress from each school change? Source: Expert panel report submitted in B.H. v. McDonald by Dr. Joy Rogers, Loyola University, Department of Education, 1991.
- Designate Homeless Liaison in every school district
- Definition of homeless – lack of fixed, regular & adequate nighttime residence and living in:
- Emergency or Farmily shelters, and some transitional housing
- Unsheltered or inappropriate / inadequate shelter
- Car, tent, abandoned building, self-paying motel
- Sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason
- Unaccompanied or migrant youth in above situations
- Rights of homeless youth and families
- Right to immediate enrollment, without normally required documents
- Right to fully participate in school programming & activities
- Provide immediate free lunch for entire school year
- Waive all school fees
- Provide needed supplies and support
- Right to attend school of origin or school of residence
- Per parent request, pending dispute resolution
- Right to attend for the duration of homelessness
- Right to attend for the remainder of the school year once housed
- Right to comparable transportation to school of origin
- Right to other comparable educational services (SPED, Title 1)
- Right to attend school with no segregation
- Right to community resource information & referrals
- Public awareness and collaboration
If you would like additional assistance please Contact Us
Education for Homeless Children and Youth
The following is a listing of local resources for shelter, food, clothes and other support services offered in Dane County:
United Way of Dane County Help Line When you need help and don't know where to turn call to reach a caring community support specialist. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dial 2-1-1 from any land line. 608-246-4357 (245-help) from cell or pay phone.
Dane County Homeless.org Local continuum of care, local information and resources specific to homelessness
Homeless Services Consortium, Dane County Committed to preventing and ending homelessness
Dane County Resource Guide (English and Spanish) Helpful numbers, shelter services, laundry,free clothes, meal sites
Homeless Education Network of Dane County Homeless Liaisons and Community Parnters that meet regularly to discuss topics related to homelessness in schools
Dane County Pantries:
Personal Essentials Pantry Listing of Pantries with hours, locations and contact information
The River Food Pantry Food pantry, clothes, and meal site (English & Spanish)
REACH Dane/Head Start - 0-3 year early Head Start and 4 year old Head Start
- U.S. Department of Education: Education for Homeless Children and Youths (EHCY) The U.S. Department of Education is the federal agency charged with the administration and oversight of the McKinney-Vento Act's Education for Homeless Children and Youths program.
- National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Homeless Education is a national resource center of research and information enabling communities to successfully address the needs of homeless children and youth and their families. NCHE products include educational rights posters, parent brochures, the LEA Homeless Education Liaison Handbook, the State Coordinators' Handbook, and the NAEHCY listserv.
NCFH is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to developing long-term solutions to family homelessness. The Center is committed to:
- building a rigorous knowledge base in the areas of family homelessness and poverty
- creating model programs, service demonstrations and technical assistance products
- disseminating information to increase public awareness and improve national, state, and local policies and programs.
NLCHP monitors and enforces compliance with the McKinney-Vento Act, providing technical assistance to attorneys, service providers, parents and educators across the country to ensure that homeless children gain access to public school. The NLCHP website includes a self-advocacy kit, a flowchart for determining homelessness, reproducible Q&A booklets, and many other materials
The mission of the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) is to help keep America’s runaway and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. The organization serves as the federally designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth.
National Network for Youth (NN4Y)
The National Network for Youth is dedicated to ensuring that young people can be safe and lead healthy and productive lives. In doing so, young people are championed; especially those who because of life circumstance, disadvantage, past abuse or community prejudice have less opportunity to become contributing members of their communities.
Schools of Hope Tutor Training: Homeless and Highly Mobile Students
As our community continues to recognize and support our highly mobile and homeless populations, it’s important for all adults working with students to learn about the issues they face and build strategies for working effectively with them.
These videos will introduce some of the concerns and needs these students experience as well as provide some guidance and suggestions for working with them.
Click on the Homeless and Highly Mobile Students topic that you would like to learn more about:
An Overview of Highly Mobile and Homeless Students
Tips for Working with Highly Mobile and Homeless Students
Basic Facts About Working with Highly Mobile and Homeless Students
The Voices in Our Community is an annual day long experience for students and their families experiencing homelessness hosted by MMSD Transition Education Program (TEP) and the Greater Madison Writing Project (GMWP). Families are invited and provided with transportation to the UW-Madison Campus to participate in this event. The day is grounded in writing and art and connects students and families with each other to explore where they come from and who they are. It also provides a way to share their stories with the broader community. The writing and art resulting from this experience are then made into a book by the TEP staff and printed by the Greater Madison Writing Project. Sales from the book help to sustain this project and provide supports to families experiencing homelessness.
The goals of The Voices in Our Community Project include:
- Empowering youth who have or are experiencing homelessness, find and develop their voice and make a change in their world.
- Helping all family members share experiences that are often not recognized openly in public and provide opportunities to connect with other homeless families.
The books written by the youth and adult family members provide the MMSD TEP program with a safe way to share the authentic voices of the homeless with educators and also provides awareness and outreach to the community.
For more information contact Jani Koester
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was first enacted in 1965. It was reauthorized in 2015 and is now known as The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA encompasses numerous programs across ten titles. The following are the Title programs managed by State and Federal Programs.
Title I, Part A funding originally began with the passage of ESEA and contains many components. These funds are provided to school districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children who are disadvantaged to support a variety of services. Their overall purpose is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and assessments. More information can be found here.
Title I Schools 2022-23
- Allis Elementary
- Anana Elementary
- Badger Rock Middle
- Black Hawk Middle
- Capital High
- Chávez Elementary
- Cherokee Heights Middle
- Crestwood Elementary
- Elvehjem Elementary
- Emerson Elementary
- Franklin Elementary
- Gompers Elementary
- Hamilton Middle
- Hawthorne Elementary
- Henderson Elementary
- Huegel Elementary
- Jefferson Middle
- Kennedy Elementary
- Lake View Elementary
- Lapham Elementary
- Leopold Elementary
- Lincoln Elementary
- Lindbergh Elementary
- Lowell Elementary
- Marquette Elementary
- Mendota Elementary
- Midvale Elementary
- Muir Elementary
- Nuestro Mundo Elementary
- O'Keeffe Middle
- Olson Elementary
- Orchard Ridge Elementary
- Randall Elementary
- Sandburg Elementary
- Schenk Elementary
- Sennett Middle
- Sherman Middle
- Shorewood Elementary
- Spring Harbor Middle
- Stephens Elementary
- Thoreau Elementary
- Toki Middle
- Van Hise Elementary
- Whitehorse Middle
- Wright Middle
The Title II, Part A program is a federally funded program focused on preparing, training, and recruiting licensed teachers, principals, and other school leaders through high quality professional development. The current law allows LEAs to use funds for activities under Well Rounded Education such as English, reading/language arts, writing, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, geography, computer science, music, environmental education, career and technical education, health, and physical education. Additional information can be found here.
Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is part of legislation enacted to ensure that English Learner students, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic attainment in English and to assist all English learners, including immigrant children and youth, to achieve at high levels in academic subjects so that all English learners can meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet; and to promote parental, family, and community participation in language instruction educational programs for the parents, families, and communities of English learners. (Section 3101 & 3102). Additional information can be found here.
Title IV, Part A is a newly enacted grant for 2017-2018, known as the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grant. Title IV, Part A is a flexible block grant that authorizes activities in three broad areas. Funding for this grant is based on the Title I funding formula and is meant to supplement not supplant current initiatives. Districts have significant flexibility in using funds to support the following priority areas: 1. access to a well-rounded education; 2. improving school conditions for learning to ensure safe and healthy students; and 3. effective the use of technology to improve academic achievement and digital literacy. Additional information can be found here.
The Title I, Part D, program (also called the Neglected or Delinquent program) is a federally funded program to enable neglected, delinquent, and at-risk students to have the same opportunity as students in other Title-I programs. The goals of Title I, Part D, are to: 1. Improve educational services for these children so they have the opportunity to meet challenging state academic content and achievement standards; 2. Provide services to successfully transition students between facility and LEAs; and 3. Prevent youth who are at-risk from dropping out of school, and to provide dropouts and children and youth returning from correctional facilities with a support system to ensure their continued education. The Title I, Part D, Subpart 2 program serves districts with high numbers or percentages of children and youth in locally operated juvenile correctional facilities, including jails, detention centers, residential care facilities, and facilities involved in community day programs. Additional information can be found here.
Director, Homeless and Foster Liaison