Walla Walla School District's Families in Transition/Homeless Education Program is in place to address and support the educational needs of students who find themselves in temporary or transitional housing during the school year. Our Program works closely with local shelter and housing providers, local community agencies and resources, and the City of Walla Walla, County of Walla Walla and Washington state's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. We work together to ensure educational stability for students in short-term/temporary and transitional/homeless housing situations so they feel supported and encouraged while they secure permanent housing.
Eligibility / Contact Information
Who is considered eligible for the Homeless Education Program's (McKinney-Vento) assistance and services?
Any child or youth, including migrant and unaccompanied youth, who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence is considered homeless and McKinney-Vento eligible for assistance and services. This includes children and youth who are temporarily sharing housing with others due to loss of housing or economic hardship; those who are living in hotels, camping grounds, emergency shelters, cars, bus or train stations, transitional housing programs, or other similar settings.
If you have a student/child who may qualify for our Program's assistance and services or would like more information, please contact our Homeless Education Liaison:
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act was authorized by Congress, December 2001, as part of the No Child Left Behind Legislation. The purpose of the McKinney-Vento Act is to remove barriers to education for homeless/transitional students and provide educational support and stability.
Education Rights of Children and Youth Who Qualify for Services & Assistance
Our schools provide equal and comparable access to all students regardless of their home living situation. McKinney-Vento eligible children and youth have specific rights that include:
- Maintain attendance at the school of origin-current school for the remainder of the current school year (if this is in the child’s best interest and feasible) or enroll in the neighborhood school where currently residing.
- Transportation assistance if needed.
- Eligible for FREE food services
- Appropriate support services and programs for which they are eligible such programs as gifted, children with disabilities, vocational education, preschool
- Assistance obtaining needed records and documentation
- Academic assistance through the district's federally funded Title I program
- Parent or guardian involvement in school activities
The Homeless Education Program also works closely with neighboring school districts including College Place, Milton-Freewater, Dayton, Waitsburg, etc., in an effort to create a region-wide educational network to support students and their families in short-term/temporary and transitional/homeless housing situations.
Student Homeless Information
Homeless Education Information for Unaccompanied Youth/Students
Parents Homeless Information
Staff and Community Homeless Information
- Supporting the Success of Homeless Children and Youths
- The McKinney-Vento Act
- Frequently Asked Questions on the Educational Rights of children and Youth in Homeless Situations
- School Staff Resource Guide
- Identifying, Engaging, and Serving Unaccompanied Children and Youth: In School
- Identifying, Engaging, and Serving Unaccompanied Children and Youth: Out of School
- Identifying, Engaging, and Serving Unaccompanied Children and Youth with Special Needs
- Effectively Reaching Homeless and Unaccompanied Youth in College Access Efforts
- Young Children
- Fact Sheet: Young Children Experiencing Homelessness
- McKinney-Vento and Preschool-Aged Homeless Children