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
- Clothing and shoes
- Backpacks and school supplies
- General basic needs/toiletries
- Other services as needed