• McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

    The McKinney-Vento Act, reauthorized in January 2002 as Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act, is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth in homeless situations. Its key theme is to ensure that every child and youth experiencing homelessness has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth. The law states that schools must eliminate barriers to enrollment, attendance, and success in school for homeless students. 

    Additional Information and Resources-Homeless Children and Youth 

    • US Department of Education offers the full text of the McKinney-Vento Act.


    • California Department of Education lists website resources related to homeless students' rights to enroll and participate fully in school.                                                                                 


    • National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Generates awareness of the educational and other needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness is an important first step in ensuring that eligible students receive the services and supports they need.