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Homeless Education Program

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is the federal law that governs the educational rights of children and youth in homeless situations.  The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 reauthorized the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. 
In an effort to strengthen accountability at both the state and local level, the reauthorization includes the requirement for every school district in the country to designate a homeless liaison.  Homeless children have the right to a free, appropriate public education.
If you or your child:
  • live in a shelter
  • share housing with relatives or others because you lost your housing or cannot afford housing
  • live in a campground, car, abandoned building, or other inadequate shelter
  • do not have a permanent address and/or permanent housing
  • live on the street
  • if you are an unaccompanied youth


You may have the right to:

  • immediately enroll in and attend school without having health and school records with you
  • enroll in school where you are living or the school attended when permanently housed... if in your child's best interest
  • receive transportation to and from school of origin
  • participate in school related activities and receive other needed services
  • utilize dispute resolution process if you have a grievance

For additional information on the educational rights of homeless children and youth, you may visit these recommended sites:


National Center for Homeless Education at Serve
P.O.Box 5367
Greensboro, NC  27435
Phone:  800-755-3277
National Coalition for the Homeless
22901 P Street NW
Washington, DC  20037
Phone:  202-462-4822
Fax:  202-462-4823
[email protected]
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
918 F Street NW, #412
Washington, DC  20004
Phone:  202-638-2523
Fax:  202-628-2737
[email protected]
National Alliance to End Homelessness
1518 K. Street NW, #206
Washington, DC  20005
Phone:  202-638-1526
[email protected]


The homeless liaison is charged with enforcing state and federal protections for homeless students and may be contacted with issues regarding enrolling or maintaining attendance for students experiencing homelessness.

The liaison is responsible for:
  • identification of homeless children and youth (by school personnel and through coordination activities with other entities and agencies);
  • facilitate enrollment and participation to obtain equal opportunity and success in school;
  • ensure that educational services for which such families are eligible (including Head Start).  The parents and guardians of homeless children and youth get informed of the educational and related opportunities available to their children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children;
  • outreach - public notices of the educational rights of homeless children and youth is disseminated;
  • enrollment disputes are mediated in accordance;
  • assist the unaccompanied youth with enrollment, obtaining records, and information regarding their rights under the law.
 If you have questions regarding The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act or Homeless Information, please contact:
Wendy Mikolich
 Central Cambria School District's Homeless Liaison
  View the full text of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

     For more information on determining homelessness, visit 
Click HERE for a Basic Education Circular regarding Educating Homeless Youth.
Click HERE to review Homeless Policy 251
Click HERE for Act 1 of 2022 - Assisting Students Experiencing Education Instability