Children and youth who experience homelessness have the right to receive a free, appropriate public education ensured by the The McKinney-Vento Act. The law requires schools to remove barriers to enrollment, attendance and success for homeless students.
The McKinney-Vento Act sets a high priority on keeping students at their schools of origin (the schools they attended when they first experienced homelessness). This provision provides students some stability when other factors are in flux.
Resources for Children of Incarcerated Parents: The McKinney-Vento Act can help children experiencing homelessness when parents are incarcerated. Resources for school staff on the National Center for Homeless Education website.