EDUCATING MISSOURI’S HOMELESS CHILDREN
The McKinney-Vento Act, part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, guarantees homeless children and youth an education equal to what they would receive if not homeless. The law ensures that homeless children and youth can immediately enroll in and attend school.
Who Is Considered Homeless?
Children and youth and their families are considered homeless if they are living in a shelter, motel, vehicle, campground or substandard housing; on the street; or doubled up with relatives or friends due to a lack of housing. Runaway and throwaway teens and abandoned children are also considered homeless.
Which School Can a Homeless Child Attend?
There is a choice. The homeless coordinator, social workers, parents, guardian, and/or homeless unaccompanied youth select the option that is in the child’s or youth’s best interest:
- The child may remain enrolled in the school that the child attended when permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled.
- The child may enroll in the school for the attendance area where he or she is living temporarily. Call the school district’s homeless coordinator for school placement.
District Homeless Coordinator
The McKinney-Vento Act and the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) require that every school district appoint a homeless coordinator who serves as the link between homeless families and school staff, district personnel, shelter workers and service providers. The homeless coordinator is responsible for assisting homeless children and youth with enrolling and accessing school services; obtaining immunization or medical records; coordinating transportation services; informing parents, school personnel and others of the rights of homeless children and youth; and collaborating and coordinating with Missouri’s State Homeless Coordinator, the community and other personnel. To identify a district’s homeless coordinator, contact the district’s local administrative office. The McKinney-Vento Act requires every state to appoint a state homeless coordinator to provide guidance to local school district coordinators.
Missouri’s Homeless Coordinator: 573-522-8763
To contact Windsor C-1 School District’s Homeless Coordinator
call 636-464-4400 ask for Chrissy Immken.
Missouri Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education
Federal Discretionary Grants
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480