Laws and Provisions

The (federal) McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, as part of the no Child Left Behind Act, and the Illinois Education for Homeless Children Act ensures homeless children have a right to:

  • A free, appropriate public education including a priority to preschool programs
  • The choice of staying in the school of origin or attending any public school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in which the child is actually living are eligible to attend
  • Immediate enrollment even when required documents such as school records, medical records, proof of residency, or other such documentation cannot be produced at the time of enrollment
  • Assistance with transportation, if needed