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The McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Program 

was designed to make sure all homeless children and youth

 have equal access to the same free and appropriate public

 education as children and youth who are not homeless. 

This includes preschool education. State and local educational 

agencies are required to develop, review and revise policies 

to remove barriers to the enrollment, attendance and success in

school that homeless children and youth may experience.


Local educational agencies also must provide homeless 

children and youth with the opportunity to meet the same 

challenging state content and state student performance 

standards to which all students are held. 

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Tutoring at Community House
The Kelso School District is partnering with Community House on Broadway to offer instructional support and tutoring to Kelso school students who are currently staying at Community House.  For more information, or to enroll your student in this program, please call or email Kala Odem (Family Support Staff) at kala.odem@kelsosd.org  or call 360.501.1907 for more information.
Homeless Student Inforamtion

Students who are homeless have educational rights under Federal law (the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act).

This includes children in shelters, transitional housing, or unsheltered, living doubled-up because of financial circumstances (with family and friends, but not on the lease), youth who are unaccompanied (living without the support of their parents/guardians), and youth awaiting foster care placement. 

The McKinney-Vento Act protects the educational rights of homeless children and youth. Your child CAN get the EDUCATION she or he DESERVES! Any child who qualifies for McKinney-Vento services because of homelessness, or any of the above conditions, has RIGHTS. 

Educational RIGHTS for homeless children: 

  • To remain enrolled in, and be transported to, the student’s School of Origin (last school) when feasible, even if you move across the District, or out of District
  • To be enrolled immediately (even without medical or school records) in the student’s neighborhood school (if that’s what you would prefer). 
  • To receive FREE breakfast and lunch in schools that serve both). 
  • To not pay school fees (you should NOT have to pay for fees for books for class, for field trips, for school sports, etc.).
  • Help with basic school supplies including uniforms, shoes, etc. • (If you can’t afford calculators, binders, paper, or other required supplies, talk with your child’s school and get HELP). 
  • To receive the same educational supports as all students. If your child is struggling with class work, advocate by asking the school staff for additional supports. 

    School offers students stability, friendship, & opportunities to learn and grow in a safe environment. School offers children a chance for a BETTER tomorrow— better jobs, better pay, better future. Keep your children in school!

    Don Iverson
    Kelso School District
    Homeless Liaison

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