What is the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act?
What is the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act?title
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 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. If your child and family are experiencing homelessness you may be eligible for assistance.
The following provides information, resources and supports offered to you at no cost:
Definition of Homelessness:
Know Your Rights:
Quick Steps for Families Experiencing Homelessness:
Unaccompanied Youth Flow Chart:
National Center for Homeless Education: