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McKinney Vento Program

McKinney Vento Homeless Education Program

The McKinney Vento Education Program provides after school and evening services for homeless children and youth residing in the grant region. Activities are designed to address basic cognitive skills, self-help skills, supportive therapy, visual perceptual skills and receptive and expressive development. Services are also furnished through the implementation of after-school programs Monday thru Friday between 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm for school age children residing in shelters throughout the grant region. The after school programs are housed at various locations. In addition, the program provides supplemental daytime instructional services three times weekly to homeless pre-school youth residing at an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. A five week summer program is also held for pre-school and school age children residing at the in the grant region and for students known to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P).

Special Programs Staff

(973) 405-6262

Dial by Extention Below

Mr. Rodrigue Israel

Homeless Liaison Outreach Manager

Ms. Atiya Trent

McKinney Vento Liaison x255

Ms. Candice Gainer

Outreach Worker x236

Mrs. Crisaliz Soto

Outreach Worker

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Description of Services

Academic Services

The Program provides tutoring, remedial & educational services & enriched educational services that are linked to the achievement of state standards. Clear goals, specific objectives & individually paced programs are designed for each youth.

Referral Services

The Program provides referral services for homeless children & youth for medical, dental, psychological, nutritional & other health services.

Counseling Services & Referrals

Individual & group counseling are provided by furnishing non-threatening formal & informal situations to address such areas as problem solving, peer pressure, goal setting, self-confidence building, stress management techniques.

Recreational Services

Pro-socialization factors are conducted addressing interpersonal skills while furnishing arts & crafts, leisure time & physical fitness activities. Socio educational field trips are also provided.

Daily Living Skills 

The program provides consumer education & family living to prepare homeless youth to effectively cope with complex problems facing individuals & families today. Children will learn to become responsible & productive family members, workers & citizens.


The program provides professional development for educators & other school personnel to develop awareness & heighten sensitivity to the needs & rights of homeless children; & also training to the parents of homeless children about the rights & resources available to such children & youth.

Speakers Forum

A series of in-service presentations consisting of positive role models from business, industry, and community social services are made available to address social, employment & academic concerns.

Service Learning

Students learn to develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs.

Target Population

The population of students served by the Wrap Around Program may best be described as follows:

Program Objectives

Referral Process DCP&P

DCP&P caseworker will determine if youth is “at risk” & in need of social intervention from the Extended Day Program.

DCP&P caseworker will contact DCP&P Resource Development Specialist to inquire about referral procedure to the Extended Day Program.

The DCP&P Resource Development Specialist will provide DCP&P caseworker with Extended Day Program application & will contact Program Supervisor to inquire of possible new student admission into the program.

DCP&P caseworker will prepare referral summary for submissions to Program Supervisor for review. Child’s medical, psychological & other relevant testing must be submitted.

The Supervisor of the Extended Day Program will review referral credentials and contact DCP&P caseworker to schedule applicant interview. DCP&P caseworker & applicant’s caretaker must accompany youth at interviews & pre-placement.

If the youth agrees to accept the program guidelines & be governed by same, he/she is conditionally accepted by the Program Supervisor into the program for a 30 day trial period. At the end of thirty days, the Supervisor will assess if the youth’s continued enrollment is warranted.

Quarterly case conferences will be held every 90 days. DCP&P caseworker and caregiver will be present for input and feedback into program.

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