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McKinney-Vento Students & Families



  • In a shelter 
  • In a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation
  • In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station 
  • Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • Lack of a fixed, regular, nighttime, adequate place of residence

Your school-age children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. 

  • Receive a free, appropriate public education. 
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment. 
  • Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents. 
  • Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is your preference and is feasible. 
    • If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your children, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal its decision. 
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this. 
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your children’s needs.

(Source: National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE))

What is the definition of unaccompanied youth?

An unaccompanied youth is defined as a school aged youth or child who is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian.

If you believe you or someone you know meets these requirements, please refer to the McKinney-Vento Liaison Contact List.