Archive for June 1, 2009

One core element of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is designed to ensure that homeless children have access to the nation’s educational system. It does this by making some of the enrollment requirements less stringent.

Usual requirements – things such as a permanent address in a school’s specific district; the transfer of academic records from previous schools; lack of transportation and so on – are set aside, allowing homeless children the potential to receive an education.

Despite McKinney-Vento however, homeless children face additional barriers to receiving an education which housed children do not. Those barriers are a direct result of not having a stable living environment.   (more…)