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Education Resources for Homeless families

For more information, go to the National Center for Homeless Education.

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The McKinney-Vento Act addresses educational
barriers and challenges created by homelessness by
guaranteeing students experiencing homelessness the
right to enroll in and attend school, and providing
supports needed for school success. The law places the
responsibility for ensuring the rights of homeless
students on states and school districts. McKinney-Vento
eligible students have the right to:

• receive a free, appropriate public education;

• enroll in school immediately, even if lacking 
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documents normally required for enrollment, or
having missed application or enrollment deadlines
during any period of homelessness;

• enroll in school and attend classes while the school
gathers needed documents;

• continue attending the school of origin1, or enroll in
the local attendance area school if attending the
school of origin is not in the best interest of the
student or is contrary to the request of the parent,
guardian, or unaccompanied youth2;

• receive transportation to and from the school of
origin, if requested by the parent or guardian, or by
the local liaison on behalf of an unaccompanied
youth; and

• receive educational services comparable to those
provided to other students, according to each
student’s need.