McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children

Ensuring that all children have an equal right to a free, appropriate public education.

  • The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act addresses barriers related to enrollment, attendance, and the academic success of homeless children and youth.
     
    Students/families must apply and meet certain criteria to be eligible for the McKinney-Vento Program.  Eligibility is determined by the district McKinney-Vento Liaison, who is the Coordinator of Attendance.

    Once eligibility has been determined, homeless children and families have the right to:

    • Enroll the student, even if they don’t have immediate access to the required paperwork.
    • A school placement that is in the best interest of the child.  The child may stay at the school they attended when they were permanently housed.  This is called the “school of origin.”  The child may also attend school in the district where the family is currently staying.  The McKinney-Vento Liaison will help determine the most feasible and reasonable placement that is in the child’s best interest.
    • Transportation to the school of origin, if feasible, until the family has permanent housing.
    • Transportation to the school of origin, if feasible, until the family has permanent housing.
    • Free services including breakfast, lunch, and textbook fees.
    • Appeal decisions regarding placement and services.  The McKinney-Vento Liaison can assist families with the appeal process.

Contact

  • Attendance
    Charles Anthony
    Coordinator of Attendance
    205-759-3502
    Email