The federal McKinney-Vento Act is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, local educational agencies (LEAs) must ensure that each McKinney-Vento-eligible child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth. Eligible children and youth should have access to education and other services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held. In addition, eligible students may not be separated from the mainstream school environment. States and districts are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth. The Act also requires school districts to appoint a district liaison to ensure students are identified, immediately enrolled, and connected with appropriate services.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act ensures the educational rights and protections of homeless children and youth so that they may enroll in school, attend regularly, and be successful. This act guarantees McKinney-Vento eligible children and youth the following:
The following 14 services are offered: