McKinney-Vento definition and rights

McKinney-Vento Children

Who are they?

Children who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime abode are eligible for McKinney-Vento
services. In general, children or youth living in motels, transitional housing, shelters, the street, cars,

abandoned buildings, and other inadequate accommodations may be considered eligible for McKinney-
Vento services. This includes, but is not limited to, the following groups:


What are their rights?

The Education for Homeless Children and Youth program, which is part of the McKinney-Vento Homeless
Assistance Act, ensures that eligible children have the following rights:
Choice of school: Children eligible for McKinney-Vento services may attend their school of origin (school last
attended or school attended when child lost permanent housing) or attend the school that serves their temporary
living situation (choice of caregiver)
Immediate enrollment: Even if medical or other records, birth certificates, or transcripts cannot be produced at
time of enrollment
Transportation: Transportation must be provided, if requested
Preschool: Priority consideration to preschool programs for eligible youngsters
Free lunch & fee waivers: Categorically eligible for free lunch
Supplemental tutoring: If needed


Please contact Erin Sellers for more information.

[email protected]
Direct line 217-466-7959 


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