Homeless Education and McKinney-Vento Act Information

McKinney-Vento Act

District Liaison:
  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 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 Lynn Ausley
Christensen Elementary April Hibbard 253-298-3305
Collins Elementary Erica Kropilak
Elmhurst Elementary Chelsea Williamson 253-298-3505
Harvard Elementary Lindsay Kotulan
James Sales Elementary Linda Morrison 253-298-4205
Midland Elementary Melissa Cadero 
Ford Middle School Sok Chhouy
Keithley Middle School Jennifer Davis
Franklin Pierce High School Sabine Fintak
Washington High School Bonnie Wiklund 253-298-4713
Gates High School
Bonnie French
Early Learning Center Patricia Allen

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