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Transitional Student Success Program


The McKinney-Vento Act defines transitional students (students experiencing homelessness) as those who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and may reside in any of the following:

  • In a shelter (family, domestic violence, youth shelter, or transitional housing)
  • In a motel, hotel, or weekly rate housing (single room occupancy hotel)
  • Temporarily in a house or apartment with more than one family because of loss of housing or economic hardship
  • In an abandoned building, car, campground, or on the street
  • With friends or family because you are a runaway or an unaccompanied youth

What are your Child's Educational Rights?

Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, your child:

  • Has the right to enroll in school without normally required documents such as birth certificates, proof of residency, transcripts, and immunization records.
  • Has the right to continue to attend the school in which they were last enrolled or attend the school nearest their current residence.
  • May receive transportation to school.
  • Has the right to participate in all programs and activities (when program eligibility criteria are met).
  • Receive free meals at school.


Liaison Information


(209) 858-7243

District Homeless Youth Liaison

Jessica Red, Coordinator of student services

Manteca Unified School District 

(209) 858-0782

County Homeless Youth Liaison

Mark Yost, Director of foster & homeless youth services

San Joaquin County Office of Education

(209) 468-9079

State Homeless Youth Liaison

Leanne Wheeler, California state homeless coordinator

California Department of Education

(866) 856-8214