McKinney-Vento / Homeless

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act ensures the educational rights and protections of homeless children and youth so that they may enroll in school, attend regularly, and be successful. The legislation requires a local homeless education liaison in every school district to assist children and unaccompanied youth in their efforts to attend school. This act guarantees homeless children and youth the following:

  • The right to immediate enrollment in school, even if lacking paperwork normally required for enrollment

  • The right to attend school in his/her school of origin or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing

  • The right to receive transportation to his/her school of origin

  • The right to services comparable to those received by housed schoolmates, including transportation and supplemental educational services

  • The right to an “equal playing field” and the removal of all barriers to receiving educational services

  • The right to attend school along with children not experiencing homelessness. Segregation based on a student's status as homeless is strictly prohibited.

  • The posting of homeless students’ rights in all schools and other places around the community.

Recently lost housing and had to move in with friends or family until you can get back on your feet? Children’s school is here to help to make sure that they get all the benefits provided under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act.

If you have any questions or need more information, contact Dr. Tom Bookler at tbookler@ncisc.org or you can leave him a message at 847-803-5605 (also 630-386-0883).