McKinney Vento Homeless Information


The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, indicates that State Educational Agencies (SEAs) must ensure that homeless children and youths have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as is provided to other children and youths. The SEA and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in the State must review and revise any laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as barriers to the identification, enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youths. Homeless students must also have access to the education and other services that they need to meet the same challenging State academic standards to which all students are held.


Eligibility 
You might qualify for assistance through a federal law called the McKinney -Vento Act if your family lives in the following: 

  • In a Shelter
  • In a motel or campground due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodation
  • In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station
  • Doubled-up with other people due to loss of house or economic hardship

  • Who can I talk with about my child's education? 
    1. Every school district has a local homeless education liaison.

    Todd Schuette is the liaison for Unit #40.  Please contact him by email at schuette@effingham.k12.il.us or phone at 217.540.1400.

    2. Talk with your child's teachers when you enroll him or her in school. Meet with them on a regular basis to discuss your child's academic progress. 

    3. Meet with the school counselor to discuss the best interventions to use to assist with any changes or challenges he or she is facing. 

    4. The school principal, attendance officer, bus driver, social worker, school nurse, or district staff can all provide valuable assistance. Please reach out to them as needed. 

    Reference
    National Center for Homeless Education, [n.d.], What you need to know to help your child in school, https://nchehelpline.org/collections/limit-5/products/parent-booklet-english.

    Parent Resources
    Education for Homeless Children & Youth Programs Non-Regulatory Guidance

    Fact Sheet

    Federal Law

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What You Need to Know to Help Your Child in School (pamphlet)