The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." The act provides examples of children who would fall under this definition:
Rights of Eligible Children and Youth
Right to immediate enrollment even when records not present
Right to remain in the school of origin, if in the student’s best interest
Right to receive transportation to the school of origin
Support for academic success