Kristin Holten, PK-12 Executive Manager
Claudia Miller, Family Engagement Coordinator
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.
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
|Central Avenue Elementary
|James Sales Elementary
|Ford Middle School
|Keithley Middle School
|Franklin Pierce High School
|Washington High School
|Early Learning Center
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