Homeless and Foster Youth Support Services

Homeless Education

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 youths 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 youths. 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 Youths Program.

McKinney-Vento Resources

Under the McKinney-Vento Act of 2001 - Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act 0 Sec 725, children in transitional situations have the right to:

1. Go to school, even if they do not have a permanent address.

2. Enroll immediately, even if immunization records, tuberculosis skin test results, and other documents normally required for enrollment are missing.

3. Choose to attend either:
(A) Their School of Origin - the school attended when permanently housed or any school attended within the last 15 months; or
(B) Their School of Residence - the school in the attendance area where the student is temporarily living.

4. Enroll, attend classes and fully participate in all school activities while the school arranges for the transfer of records.

5. Receive transportation to and from the School of Origin, if the student/parent/guardian meets certain criteria.

6. Automatic eligibility for free school meals.

7. Have access to the same services and programs that are available to ALL students.

Contact Us

Cynthia Flores

Coordinator of Foster and Homeless Youth Services
Phone: (760) 290-2381
Email: [email protected]

Rosa P. Félix
School Counselor - Academic Advisor for Students Experiencing Homelessness (Secondary)
Pronouns: She/Her/Ella

Phone: (760) 290-2437
Google Voice: (760) 410-6513

Email: [email protected]