McKinney-Vento Act & Homeless Students

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures the educational rights and protections of homeless children and youth so that they may enroll in school, attend regularly, and be successful.

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as those students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime abode.  Children or youth who live in motels, transitional housing, shelters, the street, vehicles, abandoned buildings, and other inadequate accommodations may be considered eligible for McKinney-Vento services. Some examples of children under this definition are:

  • Shared Housing - Living with another family
  • Children in Shelters - Including transitional living programs
  • Children living in motels, hotels, campgrounds.
  • Migratory Children
  • Children awaiting foster care placement
  • Runaways
  • Lockouts - Childrens whose parents/guardians will not allow them to live at home

McKinney-Vento Student Rights

  • Choice of School
  • Immediate Enrollment
  • Transportation
  • Priority Consideration to Preschool Programs
  • Free Lunch & Fee Waivers
  • Supplemental Tutoring if Needed

Additional McKinney-Vento Act Information

Homeless Liaison

Joliet Public Schools District 86 has a Homeless Liaison who can help with enrollment issues as well as securing transportation, clothing, and school supplies for homeless students.

Emily Redlich, Homeless Liaison

815-740-3196, ext. 8245