McKinney-Vento Homeless Program
The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, indicates that State Educational Agencies must ensure that homeless children and youths have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as is provided to other children and youths. The State and Local Educational Agencies must review and revise any laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as barriers to the identification, enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youths. Homeless students must also have access to the education and other services that they need to meet the same challenging State academic standards to which all students are held.
You might qualify for assistance through a federal law called the McKinney -Vento Act if your family lives in one of the following situations:
- In a Shelter
- In a motel or campground due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodation
- In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station
- Doubled-up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship
If you feel you may qualify for support or assistance through McKinney-Vento, please contact our district’s homeless liaison using the contact information below.
Who can I talk with about my child's education?
- Talk with your child's teachers when you enroll him or her in school. Meet with them on a regular basis to discuss your child's academic progress.
- Meet with the school counselor to discuss the best interventions to use to assist with any changes or challenges he or she is facing.
- The school office staff, principal, counselor, social worker, or school nurse can all provide valuable assistance. Please reach out to them as needed.
- Contact our district’s homeless education liaison.
The local homeless liaison for Marion CUSD #2 is Aime Chelin. She can be contacted by email at email@example.com or by phone at Jefferson School (618) 997-5766.