McKinney-Vento (Homeless Program)


  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

    The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth.

    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

    McKinney-Vento scholars have the right to:

    • Attend school in the attendance area where they are currently living.
    • Attend the school of origin (the school they attended when they became homeless), or the school in which they were last enrolled.
    • Immediate enrollment and support from district McKinney-Vento Liaison in obtaining school records and coordinating services.
    • Receive transportation to their school, if necessary.
    • Free school meals.
    • Receive tutoring services focusing on academic assistance.
    • Receive Preschool services.
    • Support with on-time grade progression and graduation.


    For assistance with any scholar that may be eligible, please contact your school liaison by calling the school or the district liaison.

     Additional Resources:

    •  State of Washington, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Website
    •  Melinda Dyer, Program Supervisor of McKinney-Vento, State of Washington OSPI
      • 360-725-6505, email:

    If you wish to appeal the school district’s decision regarding school placement you have the right to dispute this decision following the McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution Process. Below you will find helpful documents in requesting for dispute resolution: 




    Tracy Myers

    McKinney-Vento & Foster Care Liaison