FORT MORGAN LOCATION
821 W. PLATTE AVENUE
FORT MORGAN, CO 80701
PHONE (970) 867-8297
FAX (970) 867-6129
2020 Clubhouse Drive
Greeley, CO 80634
Phone (970) 352-7404
Fax (970) 352-7350
Marc Fortney coverage area
For an updated list of all district liaisons, click here
For questions or assistance, contact Marc Fortney, Master of Social Work, the McKinney-Vento Northeast Regional Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (970) 381-6321 call/text
Every district is Federally mandated to have a Homeless Education Liaison
Resources for Homelessness
National Center For Homeless Education
Local United Way
Search 211 online or dial 211 on the phone
Local Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, and other places of worship are good sources of assistance.
Always Open Resources (24/7 365)
National Runaway Safeline
Colorado Crisis Line:
Text "Talk" to 38255
The McKinney-Vento Homeless [Education] Assistance Act is a federal law ensuring immediate enrollment and educational stability for students experiencing homelessness. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states to support district programs serving children, youth & families without their own permanent address. Centennial BOCES is a regional leader specializing in McKinney-Vento consultation, such as technical assistance, problem solving, resource brokerage, ideas, and community/ program building.
Who: Any student who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate home
Any displaced child or youth who fits any of the below descriptions has educational rights under the McKinney-Vento Act.
The purpose of the McKinney-Vento (MV) project administered by the Centennial Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CBOCES) is to ensure educational access, school stability as well as academic and social success for students experiencing housing insecurity throughout communities located in North central, Northeastern, and East central Colorado. In partnering with the North East and East Central BOCES, services and supports are offered to 50 school districts.
Additionally, Greeley / Evans School District 6, Poudre School District, Thompson School District & Saint Vrain Valley School District, are able to take advantage of Regional Consultation services and leveraged resources for their students experiencing homelessness through collaboration with the CBOCES regional Migrant Education Program (MEP) grant. CBOCES also operates three alternative high schools located in Fort Morgan (Morgan County), Greeley (Weld County) and Longmont (Boulder County) for both rural and urban students, many who disproportionally experience homelessness throughout the year.
Over 2,000 students in grades pre K - high school / GED receive services and support through our MV project. Our MV services range from high quality professional development, 4 annual regional McKinney-Vento Summits (Limon, Sterling, Fort Morgan & Greeley), on-site consultation with district staff and students, community resource development and delivery, and solution-focused problem solving with students / families as they confront educational, social barriers and houselessness.
CBOCES also operates the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) - Basic Center Program (BCP) for 12-17 year old youth. With our state partners at the Colorado Rural Collaborative, we are able provide Emergency Shelter through our Host Home Model, where we provide counsel, advice, tangible resources, and some financial support for up to 21 days!
The CBOCES MV project collaborates with other community agencies and programs, such as Child Find, Head Start, the MEP, Title I Part A, Title II, Title Ill, Special Education, the School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP), local school districts, colleges and universities, non-profits, governmental and faith-based organizations to address the unique needs of MV students, families, and educators. The outcomes of our MV project are to promote and increase the enrollment and retention of students in school leading to academic and social success, graduation, and college and career readiness.
Partnering with Migrant Education
The McKinney-Vento Act is also purposefully integrated with our regional Migrant Education Program. Our students' experiences of high mobility (migrant) and housing insecurity parallel one another in a troubling way. According to our 2013 regional MEP data, migrant students are six times more likely to experience a housing crisis than their non-migrant agricultural peers.
Our migrant team builds relationships with families based on trust and respect, and brokers resources for many families who meet the criteria for migrant, refugee, homeless, and immigrant programs.
For information about eligibility for services through McKinney-Vento, visit the Colorado Department of Education's website.
Programs, activities and employment opportunities of Centennial BOCES are offered without regard to race, color, sex (which includes marital status), sexual orientation (which includes transgender), religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, disability or need for special education services. In addition, employment practices of Centennial BOCES do not discriminate on the basis of age, genetic information or conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. The Title IX, Section 504 and ADA compliance officer is Terry Buswell, Assistant Executive Director, 2020 Clubhouse Drive, Greeley, CO 80634, 970-352-7404, email@example.com