Homeless Education Assistance
Roosevelt’s McKinney-Vento program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school.
Under this program, state educational agencies must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth. Homeless children and youth should have access to the educational and other services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging state student academic achievement standards to which all students are held.
In addition, homeless students may not be separated from the mainstream school environment. States and districts are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth. For more information, visit the AZED website.
The Stewart B. McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Assistance Act, protects the rights of all homeless/highly mobile students. The act defines homeless children as; youth between the ages of 2 to18 years old who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and may reside in the following:
- Hotel or motel
- Shelter/transitional housing program
- Sharing housing with another family due to loss of housing, stemming from financial hardship
- Trailer park or campsite due to the lack of adequate living accommodations
- Abandoned building, parked car, or other facility not designed as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
- Living with another person due to the death or incarceration of a parent
- Living as a youth on their own due to abandonment or runaway status