Webinar: Changes to Requirements for Students in Foster Care under ESSA


The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) resulted in significant changes for requirements related to students in foster care in both the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and Title I of the ESEA/ESSA.  

What changes occurred in the law?  An example of a change implemented is that students awaiting foster care placement are no longer automatically eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Act. Another example is the additional requirement in ESSA under Title I to ensure the educational stability of students in foster care, bringing the ESSA requirements in line with those of the Fostering Connections Act. 

Executive Director of Federal Programs at TransACT, Dr. David Holbrook presented information about these changes and many more in his webinar, “Changes in Educational Requirements for Students Experiencing Homelessness under ESSA.” The webinar also includes highlights about resources from the U.S. Department of Education.

Register For The Webinar

In the webinar “Changes in Educational Requirements for Students Experiencing Homelessness under ESSA,” (recorded November 19th) participants will walk away understanding:  

  • The changes and additions to McKinney-Vento and ESSA laws 
  • The relationships between the laws affecting students in foster care interact  
  • Where to find resources and guidance from the U.S. Department of Education

Click here to view for the webinar, “Changes in Educational Requirements for Students Experiencing Homelessness.” 

We are proud to provide free, informational webinars on 21APR, ESSA, McKinney-Vento, and other federal requirements to support our customers and the community in the work they do to increase program and participant growth and achievement. Subscribe to our blog and follow us on your favorite social media platform to hear about additional educational opportunities. 

Alyssa Thornley

About The Author

Alyssa Thornley has spent her career working to support schools and communities in providing opportunity to all students. In positions as a teacher, professional development coordinator, and as a volunteer, she has focused on the community’s role in education, and in designing efficient programs that work for diverse needs. Alyssa leads TransACT’s customer engagement and market strategy efforts, and works to ensure innovative programs, guidance, and thought leadership from across the country’s districts are being shared and spread.