Education of Homeless Children

The Education of Homeless Children and Youth

McKinney-Vento Act

"The Education of Homeless Children and Youth program is to ensure that all homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including preschool education, provided to other children and youth."

Key Provisions of the McKinney-Vento Act

Examples of Applicable Services and Programs

Education Services

Tutoring and mentoring

*Before-, after-, and summer school programs

*Developmentally appropriate early childhood education programs

*Expedited educational evaluation

*Parent education and training programs

Coordination of Services

*Ensuring homeless students have access to appropriate existing services (e.g.., early childhood programs, special
education programs, gifted and talented programs, vocational education, school meals)

*Coordinating with existing programs (e.g., Head Start, programs for adolescents, and housing agencies)

*Paying costs associated with tracking, obtaining, and transferring school records

Professional Development

*Raising awareness among educators and the community

*Providing specific training for educators


*Paying the excess cost of transporting homeless students to school

School Supplies

*Providing school supplies to students

*Providing supplies for non-school facilities that operate educations programs

Emergency Assistance

*Providing other support, as necessary, to enroll and retain homeless students in school

From National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE. (1999). The education of homeless children and youth: A compendium of research and information. Greensboro, NC: SERVE