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 high priority on students receiving education and services at his/her school of origin (the school a student attended when first homeless). This provision provides students some stability when other factors are in flux.

Resources for Children of Incarcerated Parents: The McKinney-Vento Act can help when parents of Children experiencing homelessness when parents are incarcerated. Resources for school staff on the National Center for Homeless Education website.