Education of Homeless Children and Youth


Homelessness is a journey-
Not an overnight event-that has enormous impact on children and their education

Homelessness effects
Whole family
School attendance
The ability to learn and focus
Educational gaps due to high mobility behavior.

The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment
and educational stability for homeless children and youth.

    Definition of Homeless

    Anyone who lacks fixed regular and adequate nighttime residence.

    This includes:
    Shelters and motels
    On the street: cars & parks
    Doubling up: Due to the loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason
    Preschool-age children
    Unaccompanied youth
    Migrant children in the above living arrangements

      Educational Rights of Students Who are Homeless

      School Selection & Enrollment
      School of Origin

      • School last attended
      • School attended when student became homeless
      • Designated receiving school for all feeder schools
      • Transportation if needed

      Immediate Enrollment Locally
      With or without documentation of

      • Academic records
      • Residency
      • Discipline
      • Health records
      • Special Education Records
      • Guardianship