Families in Transition

  • The Education of McKinney Vento and Youth Program ensures that homeless students are provided a free, appropriate public education despite lack of a fixed place of residence or a supervising parent or guardian. Under NCLB Title X, the educational rights of homeless children and youth are protected by the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act's Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program. The law requires that state education agencies and school districts ensure that young people in homeless situations have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including preschools, as provided to other children and youth (McKinney-Vento Act, Subtitle VII-B, Section 721 [1]).   

    Local Education Agency Duties and Responsibilities

    Every Local Education Agency (LEA) must designate an appropriate staff person as a liaison for students in homeless situations. This person may also be a coordinator for other federal programs. This brief explains the duties of the homeless liaison and offers strategies for implementing the McKinney-Vento provisions in a school district.  


    The federal Mckinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act and Texas state law protect the rights of homeless children and youth to receive a free and appropriate public education. Nearly everyone in Texas who is between the ages of 5 and 21 on September 1 of the school year and has not been expelled has the right to attend school, even if they:

    • do not have a permanent address
    • have a previous address in another town or state
    • do not live with a parent of legal guardian
    • live temporarily doubled-up with friends or family
    • sleep in a shelter
    • sleep in a campground, car, abandoned building, or other facility not designated for, or ordinarily used as regular accommodations for, human beings
    • don't have school records

District Social Worker

Phone: 915-872-3900 Ext. 3783


Degrees and Certifications:

LBSW- District Social Worker District Foster Care Liaison District Homeless Liaison

Teresita Parra

District Social Worker

Phone: 915-872-3900 Ext. 3616


Degrees and Certifications:

BSW - District Social Worker District Foster Care Liaison Homeless Liaison

Sylvia Graves

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