McKinney-Vento Act Program

Removing and preventing educational barriers for students lacking a fixed, regular or adequate night time residence


Betty Uriostegui
Student and Family Support Coordinator
CHOICE Alternative School
(360) 462-2237


Ricardo Del Bosque
Bilingual Student and Family Support
Shelton School District Main Office
(360) 426-1687


Contact us if you or your family live in any of the following situations:

  • In a shelter, transitional housing, motel, vehicle, campground, or on the street
  • In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations
  • Temporarily doubled up with friends or relatives because you lost your home, or cannot afford housing
  • Living as an unaccompanied youth without your parent or guardian
  • In the process of eviction or foreclosure
  • Migrant students in the above situations

Support Services

  • Immunization assistance​
  • Enrollment assistance
  • Free meal registration
  • School supplies/backpacks
  • PE uniforms
  • Clothing support
  • Hygiene supplies
  • School fees
  • Field trip or camp expenses
  • Laundry support
  • Transportation to and from the school of origin
  • Access to rental and utility assistance
  • Referrals to basic services (food, shelter, medical assistance, etc.)
  • Bilingual support for Spanish speakers
Educational Rights
You or your preschool and school-aged children have certain rights or protections under the McKinney-Vento Act.  You or your children have the right to:
  • Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there. They must be given access to the same public education, including preschool education, provided to other children.
  • Continue in the school they attended before you became homeless, or the school they last attended, if that is your choice and is feasible. If a school sends your child to a school other than the one you request, the school must provide you with a written explanation and offer you the right to appeal the decision.
  • Receive transportation to the school they attended before your family became homeless, or the school they last attended, if you or a guardian request such transportation.
  • Attend a school and participate in school programs with children who are not homeless. Children cannot be separated from the regular school program because they are homeless.
  • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address. Schools cannot require proof of residency that might prevent or delay school enrollment.
  • Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.
  • Enroll and attend classes in the school of your choice even while the school and you seek to resolve a dispute over enrolling your children.
  • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs.
  • Receive transportation to school and to school programs.
Our program is a partnership between coordinator and client.  Clients are encouraged to participate in the problem solving approach of the program to best utilize shared resources and shared efforts.
All clients are invited and encouraged to volunteer in their community.  The program organizes monthly volunteer days at our community clothing bank, and volunteer opportunities for students with partnering youth programs.
Our goal is to help remove any barriers affecting student learning.  This could be helping a family access housing, or supporting a student with school supplies.  We also support education for parents by referring parents to budgeting classes, parenting classes and college. 
Our program focuses on reaching out to youth and families inside of the schools and in the community.  We partner with shelters, churches, food banks, and family/youth resource programs to make sure families and youth are accessing needed services.

For more information, please click on this link to the Washington State Education of Homeless Children and Youth Office at OSPI:



Brochures for Parents
This brochure explains the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness and informs parents about ways in which they can support their children's education during times of mobility. Courtesy of the National Center for Homeless Education.
Brochures for Parents
Download the Parent booklet in English.   

Download the Parent booklet in Spanish/espanol.