McKinney-Vento Homeless Education

Families in Transition

The Education of Homeless Children 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

Mrs. Sylvia Graves
Mrs. Sylvia Graves
BSW - District Social Worker
District Foster Care Liaison
Homeless Liaison
Ext. 3616
Mrs. Teresita Parra
Mrs. Teresita Parra
LBSW- District Social Worker
District Foster Care Liaison
District Homeless Liaison
Ext. 3783



National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth   National Association for the Edu. of Homeless Children & Youth

National Center for Homeless Education   National Center for Homeless Education

National Coalition for the Homeless   The National Coalition for the Homeless

National Law Center of Homelessness & Poverty   Website

Texas Homeless Education Office   Texas Homeless Education Office

Texas Homeless Network   Texas Homeless Network

U.S. Department of Education Homeless Education Program   U.S. Department of Education

Local Programs and Services available to assist Homeless Students   Local Programs and Services available to assist Homeless Students

Programas y Servicios locales disponibles para asistir a Estudiantes sin Hogar   Programas y Servicios locales disponibles para asistir a Estudiantes sin Hogar

Homeless Plan for Children and Youth   Homeless Plan for Children and Youth

Homeless Transportation Request Form   Homeless Transportation Request Form

Student Residency Questionnaire   Student Residency Questionnaire

Homeless Brochure - English   THEO Homeless English Poster

Homeless Brochure - Spanish   THEO Homeless Spanish Poster

Homeless Brochure - Spanish   Programs and Shelters

San Elizario Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or age in its programs, activities, or employment.

El Distrito Escolar de San Elizario no discrimina en base a raza, color, nacionalidad, religiĆ³n, sexo, discapacidad, y/o edad, en sus programas, actividades, o empleo.
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