Homeless Children & Youth | Migrant Education
Education Rights of Homeless Students
McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is the primary federal (U.S) law dealing with the education of children and youth in homeless situations. The McKinney-Vento Act protects the right of homeless children and youth to get to, stay in, and be successful in school while they or their families are homeless. The law focuses on maintaining school stability and school access and providing support for academic success for homeless kids. The law also requires schools and states to use child-centered, best-interest decision making when working with homeless children and their families to choose a homeless child’s school, services, and other needed resources.
- The Goals of McKinney-Vento Legislation
- Why do homeless children and youth need a federal law to protect their right to an education?
- Who are homeless children and youth?
- Is there an age limit on who is eligible for McKinney-Vento services?
- What do I do if my school-aged children become homeless?
- Initial Referral Form for Local Schools