McKinney-Vento Act

  • The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law that works to ensure educational stability for homeless youth.  The McKinney-Vento act allows homeless students to enroll in school and receive transportation without delay.  The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.”  Examples of children who fall under this definition include:

    • (a) Children sharing housing due to economic hardship or loss of housing;
    • (b) Children living in “motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations”
    • (c) Children living in “emergency or transitional shelters”
    • (d) Children “awaiting foster care placement”
    • (e) Children whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc.)
    • (f) Children living in “cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations…”


    Who are Homeless Children and Youth?


    Naperville Community Unit School District #203 is committed to educating students who meet the guidelines under McKinney-Vento.  If you have further questions regarding homelessness, please contact our District Homeless Liaison, Stacy Colgan, at 630-579-7127.


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