Homeless Children's Rights

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance

The McKinney-Vento Act is designed to address the challenges that homeless children and youths have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. The Illinois State Board of Education considers the school enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children and youth throughout Illinois a high priority. If you and your child lack fixed, regular, and adequate housing, your child may be considered homeless and eligible for support under the McKinney-Vento Act. Homeless children have the right to:

- Enroll in school immediately, even without school or medical records
- Obtain assistance from the district liaison with fee waivers, community resources, as well as obtaining immunizations/medical records/other necessary documents
- Choose to enroll in the school of origin (the school that a child last attended) or the local school (where other students in the area attend)
- Acquire transportation to and from school

Avoca School District 37 McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison:
Kristen Moore, Director of Pupil Services