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McKinney-Vento Education Program

School-aged children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.
What is McKinney-Vento?

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is an assistance program, and federal law, that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for students and youth experiencing homelessness. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve students experiencing homelessness. Browse to the resources page for additional McKinney-Vento resources.


If you or anyone you know is living in one of the following situations, please contact the school or district liaison for assistance.

  • In a shelter, motel, or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation 
  • In a car, park, abandoned building, bus, or train station 
  • Doubled-up with a parent, relative, or friend due to loss of housing or economic hardship 
  • Housing that is substandard or considered inadequate

Eligible students have the right to:

  • Attend school no matter where or how long they have lived in the area 
  • Be given the same access to public education as other students (preschool through eighth grade)
  • Continue their education in school of origin or residence 
  • Receives transportation to school of origin if living outside of their school's attendance boundaries
  • Attend and participate in extended learning programs at their school
  • Enroll in school without having a permanent address
  • Immediate enrollment while the school arranges for required enrollment documents (birth certificate, immunization records, etc.) 
  • Participate in special programs and services

Services provided:

  • Clothing and shoes 
  • Backpacks and school supplies 
  • General basic needs/toiletries 
  • Transportation 
  • Other services as needed
Melissa Ortiz
District McKinney-Vento Liaison
1624 Fairview Road
Bakersfield, CA 93307
661-837-6000 Office
661-832-4754 Fax