McKinney-Vento Families in Transition

Welcome to the Cayuse Prairie School Homeless Education program.

The purpose of our program is to ensure that "each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education."

How do we determine if a child is homeless?

A child who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence may be classified as homeless under the law known as the McKinney-Vento Act 42 U.S.C. 11434a(2), which is also known as Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act. A child’s living situation must meet one of the following criteria:
  • Shelter resident
  • Shared housing (two or more families living in a home)
  • Motel/hotel resident (because affordable housing is not available)
  • Campground or tent
  • Unaccompanied youth (not living in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian and lacking a regular, fixed, nighttime residence)
  • Substandard housing (the home lacks electricity or running water)
  • Car or abandoned building