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Homeless Student Services | Foster Care Education Support

Homeless Student Services

The Student Services department and school staff will assist children and youth experiencing homelessness, to enroll and succeed in school. The McKinney-Vento Act is federal legislation that has been in effect since 1987 to support children and youth experiencing homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Act defines ‘homeless children and youth’ as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The intent of the McKinney-Vento Act is to ensure homeless children and youth enroll and succeed in school.

Students living in any of the following situations may be entitled to additional support:

  • In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground

  • On the street

  • In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations (lack of heat, water, etc.)

  • Doubled up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing


Students living in homeless situations have a right to:

  • Assistance in enrolling in school from the district liaison or other school contact to continue academic success

  • Continue in the school they attended (referred to as “school of origin”) before they became homeless or the school they last attended, if that is the parent’s choice and is feasible

  • Transportation to and from the school of origin

  • Receive free school meals


If you have questions about the McKinney-Vento Act or services and supports for students experiencing homelessness, please contact your district homeless liaison at 425-844-4516.

More resources can be found here:

National Center for Homeless Education

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

OSPI Program Supervisor, McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth is Melinda Dyer: 360-725-6505


Foster Care Support

The Student Services Department will encourage innovative practices that reduce educational disruptions, strengthen school stability, and improve academic performance. Schools, child welfare agencies, communities, and families work together to provide equitable opportunities, specialized services, and useful supports that are essential for students in foster care to be successful in school and in life.

If you have questions or are in need of support services, please contact Foster Care Liaison – Sue Davenport or call 425-844-4516.

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