Homeless Education and McKinney-Vento Act Information

McKinney-Vento Act

District Liaisons:
Kristin Holten, PK-12 Executive Manager
(253) 298-3021

Claudia Miller, Family Engagement Coordinator
(253) 298-3036

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.

Defining Homeless
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." The act provides examples of children who would fall under this definition:

  • Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
  • Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
  • Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Children and youth abandoned in hospitals
  • Children and youth awaiting foster care placement
  • Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc)
  • Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
  • Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations

 

School  Liaison Phone Number
Brookdale Elementary Cindy Yant 253-298-3105
Central Avenue Elementary Emelie Nelson
253-298-3235
Christensen Elementary April Hibbard 253-298-3305
Collins Elementary Kathy Smith 253-298-3405
  Bobbi Northcott
253-298-3434
Elmhurst Elementary Terry Smithson 253-298-3505
Harvard Elementary Lindsay Kotulan
253-298-4105
James Sales Elementary Linda Morrison 253-298-4205
Midland Elementary Azeb Hagos
253-298-4534
Ford Middle School Carly Escoto
253-298-3605
  Shari Anderson
 253-298-3606
Keithley Middle School Jennifer Davis
253-298-4307
Franklin Pierce High School Sabine Fintak
253-298-3977
Washington High School Bonnie Wiklund 253-298-4713
Gates/New Pathways Kristina Levendoski
253-298-4051
Early Learning Center Patricia Allen
253-298-4675

Resources for Families

Do you qualify and what are your rights?  Click here for information.

Students identified as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act automatically qualify for free and reduced price meals upon enrollment.  To visit the Nutrition Services page, click here.

General resources from basic needs to crisis services
Each year, Franklin Pierce Youth First helps compile a resource poster with contacts to resources that serve families in the Franklin Pierce School District. It is a starting point. To download the resource list, click - Resource Poster Link.


          Click - OSPI Homeless Education website

Resources for Teachers, Counselors and School Personnel

        Click - Identification of Students Who May Be Homeless

       
Click - National Center for Homeless Education

Resources for College Students

          
Click - College Help for Homeless Students