Transitional Student Success Program
Information provided to the school district on a student’s or family’s living situation is confidential and is only used to determine the educational rights, supports, and services for students.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act) (42 United States Code § 11431-11435) is federal legislation that ensures the educational rights and protections of children and youth experiencing homelessness. It requires all local educational agencies (LEAs) to ensure that homeless students have access to the same free, appropriate public education, including public preschools, as provided to other children and youth. The McKinney-Vento Act defines LEAs as public school districts, direct-funded and locally funded charter schools, and county offices of education. The McKinney-Vento Act also authorizes the funding for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program.
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youth as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition also includes children and youth who:
- are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
- may be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, shelters
- have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
- are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings, or
- are migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above
For more information, please contact the Transitional Student Success Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 858-7243.