Your browser does not support JavaScript.
Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Sign In
Mobile Menu
Mobile Menu Mobile Menu

Mckinney-Vento Homeless Education
PCOE Public Facing Web Site

 McKinney-Vento Homeless Education

​​McKinney-Vento Homeless Education


Placer County Office of Education offers trusted support from a caring team of individuals. The PCOE McKinney-Vento Team is focused on providing valuable resources and technical assistance to school districts throughout the county. Keep reading to learn more about our program, including who to contact for assistance.​




​The Placer County Office of Education’s Homeless Education Team provides support to all 17 county school districts and 21 charter schools around identifying and supporting homeless (McKinney-Vento) students and their families.  This team provides a comprehensive array of direct services, educational advocacy, and educational case management services for students and families experiencing homelessness. 

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The definition of homelessness is broad under McKinney-Vento and includes any students and their families who lack fixed, regular, or adequate housing and are living in:

  • ​Emergency shelters 
  • Transitional housing  
  • Motels and hotels  
  • Trailer parks or campgrounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations 
  • Doubling Up (sharing the housing of others due to economic hardship, loss of housing, unsafe housing, etc.)

 Services We Provide

​For school districts, charter schools, county and community partners: 

  • ​Trainings/Professional Development on McKinney-Vento identification, implementation, related education code, and rights for students and their families
  • Assistance with identifying School Of Origin and enrollment processes
  • Technical assistance and consultation around McKinney-Vento implementation and individual student cases
  • Development and distribution of tools to assist with identification and education (e.g. McKinney-Vento posters)
  • Host countywide quarterly meetings for McKinney-Vento school district  liaisons and community partners
  • Guidance on how to connect to local cultural supports
  • Assistance with navigating school(s) transportation 
  • Trauma-informed school and community engagement
  • Linkages and support for Evacuee and Refugee students
  • Representation at local homeless councils (e.g. Continuum of Care, Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras, Placer Consortia on Homelessness)
  • Joining with school staff to meet families in the community
  • Student attendance support (e.g. conducting home/shelter visits)

For Students and Caregivers: 

  • ​Whole Family Case Management including collaboration with housing case managers, county workers, and school district staff in order to coordinate services across agencies and providers
  • Assistance with housing navigation, including identifying affordable housing options, exploring housing assistance programs, and completing applications
  • Assistance with accessing basic needs, including food, clothing, bedding, healthcare and insurance, and transportation
  • Provision of limited school and hygiene supplies 
  • Participate in and advocacy at school and county-based meetings (e.g. SSTs, IEPs, CFTs, Wrap, CWIT)
  • Supporting linkages to mental health and/or substance use treatment for student and parent(s) 
  • Connection with PCOE Early Childhood Education department for free/low cost child care options

How can schools and community agencies work together to support homeless students? 

Students and families who are experiencing homelessness or are at high risk of being unhoused live with many daily challenges and stressors. These unstable housing and financial circumstances can impact school attendance, academic performance and engagement, behavior, and connection to school. It’s reasonable to imagine that students who do not have a safe or consistent place to sleep at night would struggle to focus in school, complete assignments, or maintain positive peer and adult interactions. In order to mitigate educational disparities and avoid additional trauma, students in these living situations have a variety of educational rights. These policies and procedures attempt to provide all children with a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, even when they are experiencing housing instability, domestic violence, and/or financial distress.

These rights include:

  • The right to stay enrolled in the same school after they move into a homeless situation or move between homeless situations (e.g. move from shelter to doubled-up with another family). Students can have many schools of origin. The“school(s) of origin” can be:
    • ​​​​​The school they attended before they were homeless
    • The school they most recently attended, or 
    • Any school they attended in the last 15 months that they feel connected to and is in their best interest to attend
  • ​The right to immediate enrollment, even if they don’t have all the required documentation at the time of enrollment, including immunization records
  • The right to be assessed for a graduation exemption, if they transfer school after their 2nd year of high school
  • The right to equal access to school, extended learning, and extracurricular activities and resources (e.g. tutoring, school dances, field trips, sports)
  • In some situations, the right to school of origin transportation

It is critical for school district staff to be aware of and reinforce these procedures; similarly, it is important for community partner staff working with families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to understand these rights in order to educate their clients, prevent unnecessary school transfers, and advocate for equity.

When school district staff suspect a student may be homeless, they should:

  • ​Ask students/families about living situation in a sensitive way
  • Refer the student/family to the district homeless liaison, or site designee
  • Code the student(s) as “homeless” in the district SIS (Student Information System)
  • Use the term “families in transition” or "in between homes" when communicating with families or students
  • Assist the family in calling 211
  • Help the family get connected to other social services, like CalWorks, CalFresh, food pantries, mental health care
  • Provide families with tangible supports, like clothing, school supplies, and connect to on-campus or in-district supports (e.g. free lunch, tutoring, transportation)
  • Be (or identify) a warm point of contact for youth on campus—it’s okay to reach out to them and offer your support!
  • Refer to PCOE if families are chronically homeless, having trouble with housing services, or not engaging with housing services
  • Avoid requiring inter/intradistrict transfers, proof of homelessness, residency affidavits or other documentation in order for student to remain enrolled in their school of origin OR enroll anew in their district of current residence
  • Avoid contacting landlords, housing agencies, or law enforcement to “prove” a family’s homelessness
  • When community partners are supporting a homeless family with children, they should:
  • Share information about the student(s) educational rights
  • Help families to understand school of origin rights and the importance of maintaining school stability for their children
  • Assist the family in navigating school transportation
  • Learn about the school schedule, start and end times, homework expectations, technology resources, etc. to assist in keeping students’ engaged in school  
  • Provide or assist the family in obtaining internet access
  • Proactively notify the school/district about the family’s living situation
  • Contact PCOE or the district homeless education liaison for additional advocacy and support


Below you will find important documents to assist you. If you find any broken links, or you feel like a certain resource should be included here, please let us know.​ Click a link below to open the document.

 Overview in English

Whether you are a student without a home or a friend or family hosting a homeless youth, please contact us to access these free resources available through the Placer County Office of Education.  These resources are intended to provide for the basic needs of students to help them succeed in school.

We can provide help with:

  • Transportation
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Supplies
  • Tutoring
  • Access to community resources
  • Help with accessing college​

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. In Placer County there are an estimated 1550 homeless children and youth. The Placer County Office of Education's Educational Services Department provides support and resources to the 18 school districts in the county and county-wide charter schools to implement McKinney-Vento. Technical assistance and training is available to the district homeless liaisons and other staff who are involved in working with homeless children and youth. 

The term homeless children and youth means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime 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​

The Placer County Homeless Network (PCHN) is a county-wide consortium, composed of four lead School Districts who share responsibility in ensuring educational opportunities for students in homeless situations. PCHN is committed to providing needed resources to students who lack fixed, regular, or adequate residency through a multi-district approach to assist students in reaching their maximum educational and vocational potential and overall well-being. PCHN members are working interdependently to ensure all students and families have equal and appropriate access to all services and programs available to them, including but not limited to, Gifted and Talented Education, AVID, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Special Education, Indian Education, English Learner Programs, Career Technical Education Pathways, Title I, school meal programs, before and after-school programs, Transitional Kindergarten, Seal of Bi-literacy, and preschool programs, without being stigmatized or segregated on the basis of their homeless status. School enrollment, school stability, and academic success for all Placer County McKinney-Vento eligible students are the primary goals of PCHN.  

For more information regarding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act visit the California Department of Education – Homeless Education at​.

 Overview in Spanish


Si tú eres un estudiante sin hogar o un amigo  o familiar que está dando alojamiento a niños o jóvenes  sin hogar, por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros para que tenga acceso a estos recursos gratuitos disponibles a través de la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Placer. Estos recursos están dirigidos a cubrir las necesidades básicas de los estudiantes y ayudarlos a tener éxito en la escuela.

Nosotros podemos proveer ayuda con:

  • Transporte
  • Ropa
  • Alimentos
  • Útiles escolares
  • Tutoría
  • Acceso a recursos de la comunidad
  • Ayuda con el acceso a la Universidad

La ley de asistencia a personas sin hogar "McKinney-Vento" asegura los derechos y la protección para niños y jóvenes experimentando falta de vivienda. En el Condado de Placer se calcula que hay aproximadamente 1550  niños y jóvenes sin hogar. El Departamento de Servicios Educativos de la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Placer proporciona apoyo y recursos a los 16 distritos escolares en el condado y en las escuelas "charter" del Condado para implementar la Ley McKinney-Vento. Capacitación y asistencia técnica están disponibles para la persona a cargo de cada distrito y otros miembros del personal que participan en el trabajo con jóvenes y niños sin hogar.  El Coordinador del Programa de Servicios Educativos para niños y jóvenes sin hogar "McKinney-Vento" sirve de enlace del condado para fines de apelación antes de apelar al Departamento de Educación de California (CDE).

El término "homeless", niños y jóvenes sin hogar, significa que las personas no tienen una residencia fija, regular y suficiente durante la noche. Esta definición también incluye:

  • Niños y jóvenes que comparten la vivienda de otras personas debido a la pérdida de su vivienda, dificultades económicas o un motivo similar
  • Niños y jóvenes que pueden estar viviendo en hoteles, moteles, refugios, parques de casas móviles, o en espera de colocación de un lugar "foster", cuidado de crianza
  • Niños y jóvenes  que tienen como residencia principal durante la noche,  un lugar público o privado pero no está diseñado  o usado ordinariamente como un lugar de alojamiento para dormir para seres humanos.
  • Niños y jóvenes que están viviendo en carros, parques, lugares públicos, edificios abandonados, viviendas deterioradas, estaciones de tren o autobús,  o lugares similares, o
  • Niños migratorios califican como sin hogar  porque ellos son niños que están viviendo en circunstancias similares a las mencionadas anteriormente.

Encargado(a) del Distrito  de Niños y Jóvenes sin hogar del Condado de Placer:

Para más información sobre la ley de educación para Niños y jóvenes sin  hogar "McKinney-Vento" visite el Departamento de Educación de California – Homeless Education at​



Alicia Rozum


(530) 745-1302



Chris Dunbaugh

Program Manager

(530) 745-1486



Ambrosia Cramer

Family and Youth Community Liaison

(916) 741-0613



Jessica LeFohn

Staff Secretary

(530) 745-1467




Yes. PCOE offers many resources and supports for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Visit our McKinney-Vento Homeless ​Education page to learn more.


PCOE offers a wide variety of support options for those experiencing a mental illness. Visit our Student Mental Wellness page to learn more.​


PCOE is happy to offer assistance to foster children in need. We provide support with academics, social/emotional assistance, transitioning, vocational help, and counseling supports and interventions. Visit our Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program page to learn more.​​​​​

 Event Spotlight


​Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be. 

​― Rita Pierson​