PLEASE NOTE: The information contained in these resources is current through October 2016.

Important changes related to McKinney-Vento were included in the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). The changes take effect October 1, 2016, and include: expanded transportation protections, enhanced access to pre-school, privacy protections and stronger supports for unaccompanied youth who are homeless. For more information about the new changes, please refer to materials prepared by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY): ESSA - Legislation.

Please continue to check here for updated resources and outreach materials; materials will be posted as they are finalized. As always, please feel free to contact the WESD McKinney-Vento Liaison, Dorothy Watkins at 602-347-2636 with any questions you may have.

Homeless/Highly Mobile Services
The Stewart B. McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Assistance Act protects the rights of all homeless/highly mobile students. The act defines homeless children as youth between the ages of 2 to18 years old who lack a fixed regular and adequate nighttime residence and may:
  • Live in a hotel or motel;
  • Live in a shelter/transitional housing program;
  • Sharing housing with another family due to loss of housing, stemming from financial hardship;
  • Live a trailer park or campsite due to the lack of adequate living accommodations;
  • Live in an abandoned building, parked car, or other facility not designed as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  • Lives with another person due to the death or incarceration of a parent
  • Lives as a youth on their own due to abandonment or runaway status  
Students are identified by the District liaison or through referrals made by District employees, community members, city agency employees or self-referrals. The administrator of Social Services oversees the immediate enrollment of these students in school, works with identified school staff to provide assistance to meet their academic and nonacademic needs and ensure that barriers to education are eliminated.