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Homeless Education

Provides information and resources for homeless children and youths and their right to enroll, attend, participate fully, and succeed in school.

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act) (42 U.S.C. § 11431-11435) is federal legislation that ensures the educational rights and protections of children and youths 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 youths. 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 Youths Program.

Definition of Homeless
McKinney-Vento Act definition of homeless children and youths.

Resources for Homeless Children and Youths
Resources related to homeless students' rights to enroll and participate fully in school.

Homeless Education Liaison Contact Information (XLSX)
Contact information for Homeless Education liaisons within the State of California.

County Office Homeless Liaison Contact List with 2019 Enrollment information (XLSX)
County contact for Homeless Education in California with county enrollment numbers.

Fiscal Management
Budget forms and funding results for the Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program grants.

Federal Program Monitoring for Homeless Education (PPTX)
PowerPoint presentation addressing purpose, process, best practices, and homeless instrument details.


Questions: Leanne Wheeler | | 866-856-8214 
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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