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Mckinney-Vento Homeless Education
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 McKinney-Vento Homeless Education

​​McKinney-Vento Homeless Education


Homelessness is a serious problem in our country and it can create a lasting effect on individuals of all ages. If you or someone you know is homeless, Placer County Office of Education offers outstanding assistance. Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act​, children and youth experiencing homelessness are provided with educational rights and protections​. PCOE offers supports and resources to these individuals, including assistance with transportation, clothing, food, supplies, and much more. Keep reading to learn more about what our program entails, including who to contact for assistance.

 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.​​​​​

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