Homeless Education

Priority Programs

Homeless Education


The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education program objectives are to increase the access, stability and educational success for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Eligibility is student centered. Case-by-case determinations are made by the homeless education liaison at the district level and based on the primary nighttime residence. The overall intent of the McKinney Education for Homeless Children & Youth Grant is to remove all educational barriers facing homeless children and youth with emphasis on educational enrollment, attendance and success.

Goals of the Initiative

  • To provide immediate enrollment of homeless children who are not already enrolled. This includes reviewing and revising any laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as barriers to the enrollment, attendance, or success of homeless children and youth
  • To provide school choice opportunities for homeless students, including transportation to the student’s school of origin, if the parent/guardian or unaccompanied youth requests to remain in the school of origin and it is determined that such placement is in the student’s best interest
  • To provide opportunities for parent involvement in enrollment decisions
  • To ensure that homeless students have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, provided to other children and youth
  • To ensure that homeless students are provided services in such a way that they are not isolated or stigmatized
  • To promote school (or GED) success and completion for homeless students

Homeless Children and Youth

Children and youth aged birth-21 years old that:

  • Lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence
  • Share housing with other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason
  • Live in campgrounds, motels, hotels, 5th Wheels, or RVs due to the lack of adequate accommodation
  • Live in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Are abandoned in hospitals
  • Are awaiting foster care placement
  • Have a primary residence not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation
  • Live in cars, parks, public places, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or a similar setting
  • Are migratory children living in these circumstances
  • Are unaccompanied youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian

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