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Contact us at (661) 831-8331, Extension 6602 or email for questions about McKinney-Vento homeless education or for more information.


Homeless children and youth or students experiencing homelessness means students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence (Education Code 48859; 42 USC Section 11434a). This definition also includes:

  • Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason

  • Children who may be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or shelters,

  • Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodation for human beings

  • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; or

  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above

Unaccompanied youth includes a homeless child or youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. (Education Code 48859; 42 USC 11434a)

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Subtitle B—Education for Homeless Children and Youth), reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act, ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. (42 United States Code [42 U.S.C.] Section 11434). 

The district must ensure that children and youth experiencing homelessness are able to participate fully in school activities and that barriers to identification, enrollment, and retention in school are removed.  The district has policies and practices to ensure that homeless children and youths are not stigmatized or segregated. (Board Policy 6173). 

Children and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to:

  • Immediate enrollment with full & equal opportunity to succeed in school.

  • Choice between neighborhood school or school of origin (school last enrolled in or attended), as is feasible.

  • Transportation to school of origin.

  • Immediate access to free school meals & educational services for which they are eligible. 

  • Referrals to appropriate community support services.

  • Access to dispute resolution process. 


McKinney-Vento (Homeless) Education Information

Click here to view our annual McKinney-Vento Homeless Program training video which includes an overview of the program, how to identify eligible students, and how to connect students experiencing homelessness with resources and support.

Available Assistance


Children and youth eligible for McKinney-Vento Homeless Education can receive support services including:

  • Clothing

  • Food Assistance

  • School Supplies

  • Medical & Dental Services

  • Eyeglasses and hearing aids

  • Counseling 

  • Extended Learning Services

  • Outreach Services

  • Transportation to and from the school of origin

  • Student fees

For questions about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education, contact Student Support Services at (661) 831-8331, Extension 6602 or email

Information & Resources

Eliminating barriers and coordinating resources and support for all students