If, due to a lack of housing (or a domestic violence situation), you must live in a shelter, motel, vehicle or campground, on the street, in an abandoned building or trailer, or doubled-up with relatives or friends, then according to the McKinney-Vento Act, you are considered homeless.
Your School-Age Child’s Educational Rights:
- A child who is five years old on or before Sept. 30th needs to go to kindergarten.
- Your child has a right to a free public education.
- Your child has a right to receive transportation to school just like the other students.
- Your child can begin school even if he/she does not have a birth certificate or immunization or school records or if he/she has not had a physical exam.
- Your child can go to the school he/she last attended or to the school in the new area where you are living.
- Your child can receive the same special programs and services that the other children receive.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
McKinney-Vento is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in U.S. public schools. ┬áIt was reauthorized as Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act in January 2002.
If you are in a city located out of Cincinnati, OH, please use this link to the National Center for Homeless Education site to find the Coordinator for your state.
A state coordinator will put you in touch with the homeless liaison in your child’s school district.
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