Education Advocacy Program
New Ground social workers and our Associate Program Director assist LTHP and JSP parents with ensuring that all of their children have the appropriate services and school placement to best suit their learning needs. Our professional staff also assists parents of very young children to secure appropriate testing and services if necessary, creating the foundation these children will need to succeed in school.
For homeless children to achieve academic success, they need all the help they can get. Most have not had a desk of their own, a quiet room to do their homework, or the other supports necessary to do well in school. New Ground strives to level the playing field for homeless children, supplying them with all possible supports and tools they need to succeed.
In addition to providing Education Advocacy to LTHP and JSP families, the New Ground Associate Program Director provides these services to any homeless child or youth in various school districts in Nassau County. Through our work with Nassau BOCES, New Ground accompanies these homeless parents, children and youth in need of assistance to their local school district to guarantee these students are enrolled appropriately and receiving the services needed to be successful in school. This includes but is not limited to special education services, transportation, free lunch, afterschool programs, and referrals to necessary resources in the community. Our Associate Program Director meets with these families at schools, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, motels where they are placed by the Department of Social Services because local shelters are full, local libraries, and anywhere necessary to see that these children are not discriminated against.
The Educational Rights of homeless children and youth are protected by the McKinney-Vento Law. This federal legislation details how public school districts must meet the needs of homeless students to ensure they are as successful as their permanently housed peers. New Ground’s Associate Program Director provides training to shelter and school staff members, educating these providers on the requirements of the law and ways to secure compliance while best benefiting their homeless children.
New Ground’s professional staff members are on the front lines advocating for homeless students in need, and maintaining the most up to date information to best serve this population.