McKinney Vento

  • Under the McKinney Vento Assistance Act, “McKinney Vento children and youth” means students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes:

    • Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
    • Residing in a shelter
    • In a hotel or motel
    • In a tent, vehicle,  abandoned building, streets, park or other unsheltered location
    • Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations

    Students found McKinney Vento eligible have the right to:

    • Receive a free, appropriate public education.
    • Continue in the school they attended before you became McKinney Vento or the school they last attended, if that is your choice and it is feasible. If a school sends your child to a school other than the one you requested, the school must provide you with a written explanation and offer you the right to appeal the decision.
    • Receive transportation to the school they attended before your family became McKinney Vento or the school they last attended, if you or a guardian requests such transportation and the student resides outside of walking distance.
    • Attend a school and participate in school programs with children who are not McKinney Vento. Children cannot be separated from the regular school program because they are McKinney Vento.
    • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address. Schools cannot require proof of residency that might prevent or delay school enrollment.
    • Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.
    • Enroll and attend classes in school even while the school and you seek to resolve a dispute over enrolling your children.
    • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed as provided to all other children served in these programs.

    When you move, you should do the following:

    • Contact the school district for McKinney Vento education (see phone number below) for help in enrolling your child in a new school or arranging for your child to continue in his or her former school. (Or, someone at a shelter, social services office, or the school can direct you to the person you need to contact.)
    • Contact the school and provide any information you think will assist the teachers in helping your child adjust to new circumstances.
    • Ask the school district, the shelter provider, or a social worker for assistance with clothing and supplies, if needed.

    Grants Management

    Nancy Oesterreich
    Phone: 847-551-8335


    Other sources of information:

    Kane County Area One Liaison - Jimmy Pawola:
    (Toll-free) 1-877-208-3146

    National Center for Homeless Education: