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 Title X 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 2018-2019
Linn Benton Lincoln ESD:
541.369.2811, ext. 2270
Greater Albany (GAPS):
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.
Title X Fact Sheet Training Handout 2013-2014
This handout provides basic information on the McKinney-Vento Act, and can be modified for individual districts. An excellent supplement to the staff training.
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.
Linn, Benton and Lincoln County Resource Guide
The above link leads to the website for Community Services Consortium an agency whose mission is to help people in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties of Oregon to overcome the causes and conditions of poverty by providing services leading to productive and self-sufficient lives. Assistance programs include heating and utility assistance, emergency housing, weatherization, transitional housing and youth activities.
This resource is a community resource database for social services including financial assistance, health care, parenting support and housing throughout the state of Oregon. This resource can also be accessed by dialing 211 toll free from any phone.
- Plain Flyer
- Living in the Shadows
- Homelessness Awareness
- Attention Parents!
- Little Atlas
- Mckinney-Vento Brochure
This general, informational brochure can be handed out in parent packets, displayed at schools, or given to community agencies. The brochure can be personalized with a simple, 1″ x 2 5/8″ address label to include the name and information of the district’s contact person.
This brief from the National Center for Homeless Education is an excellent guide for making a sensitive and thorough determination of McKinney-Vento eligibility.
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.