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McKinney-Vento Homeless Education


To ensure that homeless children and youth have access to a free, appropriate public education, comparable to that provided to the children of any Arizona resident and consistent with Arizona’s mandatory school attendance laws.

Program Description

Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.) is included in No Child Left Behind as Title X-C. The 2002 reauthorization requires that children and youths experiencing homelessness are immediately enrolled in school and have educational opportunities equal to those of their non-homeless peers. The statute requires every public school district and charter holder to designate a Homeless Liaison to ensure that homeless students are identified and their needs are being met. A link to the Database of Local Liaisons in Arizona can be found below.

In order to supplement services to these children and youths, the U.S. Department of Education provides funding for state and local activities. These dollars are allocated to the local education agencies through a competitive grant process, based on need and program quality.

The Office of the Coordinator, within the Highly Effective Schools Division, develops and implements a state plan for the education of homeless children and youths and provides technical assistance to Homeless Liaisons, social service agencies, and community-based organizations.

State and Federal Law

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act
NCLB legislation reauthorized by the U.S. Congress in 2001.

Non-Regulatory Guidance for the McKinney-Vento Program
A user-friendly guide to the Federal law, written and distributed by the U.S. Department of Education in July of 2004.

If you have any questions or would like help within the Sacaton Schools District, please contact our Sacaton McKinney-Vento District Liaison.

District Contact

Ms. Marie Semodio
Federal Programs Coordinator
McKinney-Vento District Liaison
[email protected]
(520) 562-8600 ext. 2039 

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