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McKinney-Vento Program

The McKinney-Vento program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school.  Under this program, State Educational Agencies (SEAs) must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth.

Homeless students may not be separated from the mainstream school environment.  States and districts are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth.  

The program is authorized under Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC 11431 et seq.), (McKinney-Vento Act).  The program was originally authorized in 1987 and, most recently, reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

The McKinney-Vento Act defines “homeless children and youth” as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.  The term includes:

  •  Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as doubled-up); living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations; living in emergency or transitional shelters; abandoned in hospitals; or awaiting foster care placement
  •  Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  •  Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
  •  Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above



Title I Part A Resources    (Examples of permissible uses of funds)           (August 2015 guidance on transportation/liaisons)


Early Childhood Resources

(Guidance, tip sheets, and more from US HHS) ​         (Fact sheets, policy briefs, and more from NAEHCY) ​                     (Resources from NCHE)


Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Resources

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Contact Information

Genoa Central School District
12492 AR-196
Texarkana, Arkansas 71854-1283

Hours: Monday thru Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Phone: (870) 653-4343