- The federal McKinney-Vento Act protects the rights of children in homeless situations to attend and succeed in school, including pre-school. San Joaquin County Office of Education's Homeless Services program provides support and resources to all school districts in the county. Technical assistance and training is available to districts, homeless liaisons, and other staff who are involved in working with homeless children and youth.
The Director of Foster Youth & Homeless Services functions as the County Liaison for purposes of appeals before appealing to the California Department of Education (CDE). A menu of written material is available on-line for districts to utilize. Parent letters, a brochure, a resource guide, and affidavit forms can be downloaded.
The term homeless children and youth means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence. This definition also includes:
• Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
• Children who may be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, shelters, 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, or
• Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above.