The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law guaranteeing all children and youth the right to an equal education, regardless of their living situation. Protection under the McKinney-Vento Act extends to those who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
Those covered by the law have the right to:
- Expedited enrollment in the appropriate school
- Receive free/reduced lunch
- Attend their school of origin (including the necessary transportation)
- Receive support from their district's McKinney-Vento Liaison
The following resources are meant to assist districts in maintaining a quality McKinney-Vento Program which includes: sensitive and thorough identification strategies, regular staff-trainings, inter-agency collaboration, and community-wide awareness of the issues facing homeless children and youth.
McKinney-Vento District Contacts
|Cottage Grove||Brandi Baker-Rudicelemail@example.com||541-942-2104|
|Junction City||Katie Bradfordfirstname.lastname@example.org||541-998-6311
|Pleasant Hill||Devery Stonebergemail@example.com||541-736-0400|
- McKinney-Vento Staff Training
This ten to fifteen minute presentation highlights the basics of the McKinney-Vento Act and provides information on what staff members can do to help their students. Ideal for annual staff presentations.
- McKinney-Vento Fact Sheet Training Handout
This handout provides basic information on the McKinney-Vento Act, and can be modified for individual districts. An excellent supplement to the staff training.
- OEA Foundation Grant
The above link leads to the OEA Foundation Grant. Any OEA member can complete this brief form to receive $100 toward a student's clothing, school supplies, or other material needs. Although each student may only receive one award per year, each OEA member may submit multiple grants.
211info.org is an excellent resource for finding medical help, counseling, shelters, food box sites, social services, and other providers in Lane County and across the country.
- Holiday Gift Programs
This list cites donation centers and meal programs for winter holiday giving in Lane County.
These flyers can be used to assist the district liaison with the mandatory community outreach component of the McKinney-Vento law. Flyers can be personalized with a simple, 1" x 2 5/8" address label to include the name and contact information of the McKinney-Vento Liaison. All files are in PDF format.
Living in the Shadows
This general, informational brochure can be handed out in parent packets, displayed at schools, or given to community agencies.
- McKinney-Vento Data Tracking Spreadsheet (XLS)
This spreadsheet may be used for basic tracking of McKinney-Vento students for the purposes of identification end-of-the-year subgrant reporting.
- Determining Eligibility
This brief from the National Center for Homeless Education is an excellent guide for making a sensitive and thorough determination of McKinney-Vento eligibility.
- How to Calculate Title I Set Asides
This brief guide shares several options a district may use to calculate their Title I Set Aside amounts for McKinney-Vento programs.
- Allowable Set Aside Expenses
This simple list explains what set aside money may be used for in the context of a McKinney-Vento program.
- McKinney-Vento and Special Education
This brief explains how McKinney-Vento and Special Education laws intersect.
- McKinney-Vento and Foster Care
This brief details how children and youth in foster care may or may not meet the criteria for McKinney-Vento eligibility, and how schools and DHS can work together to best serve these students.