Child Find and McKinney-Vento Act

Child Find

All children with disabilities residing within this region, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located and evaluated. A practical method is developed and implemented to determine which children are currently receiving needed special education and related services. This applies to highly mobile children with disabilities (such as migrant and homeless children) and children, who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education, even though they are advancing from grade to grade. The collection and use of data to meet Child Find requirements are subject to the confidentiality requirements (300.612)(300.622)(300.625).

McKinney-Vento Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Act ensures that each homeless child and youth has equal access to an appropriate, public education provided by Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies.

Our McKinney-Vento Homeless Coordinator is Carolyn Walton.  Carolyn can be reached by email at or by phone at (252) 562-0653. The North Carolina State Coordinator is Lisa Phillips, and she can be reached at (336) 315-7491. Information about North Carolina’s Homeless Education Program can be found on the NCHEP website at, and specific data pertaining to homeless education in North Carolina can be found by navigating to the About page ( Under the McKinney-Vento Act, individuals are identified as Homeless if they lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including individuals who are:

  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Awaiting foster care placement
  • Have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
  • Migratory children living in the circumstances described above
  • Unaccompanied youth living in the circumstances described above

If you feel that you or someone you know meets these criteria, please contact Carolyn Walton at or (252) 562-0653. Alternatively, we invite you to visit our main office in the Information Technology Complex on the campus of Elizabeth City State University, 1810 Weeksville, Rd, Elizabeth City, NC.

Contact Carolyn Walton 252-562-0653 for more information regarding:

  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
  • Homeless Identification Form
  • Free and Reduced Lunch Application
  • Emergency food and shelter resources