What it is?


Every Child Has a Right to an Education

The Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act states that children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence are considered homeless.

If, due to a loss of housing, a child must live in a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground, on the street, in abandoned buildings, or doubled-up with relatives or friends, then he/she is eligible to receive services provided under the McKinney-Vento Act.

The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, state educational agencies must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children, and youth.

Homeless children and youth must have access to the educational and other services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held. In addition, homeless students may not be separated from the mainstream school environment. 

American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief – Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY)

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) was signed into law on March 11, 2021. ARP seeks to deliver direct financial relief to the American people, support the rebuilding of the American economy, ensure the safe reopening of in-person instruction in U.S. public schools, and fund a comprehensive response to the COVID-19 virus.

Title IX, Part A: Florida McKinney-Vento Program (fldoe.org)

American Rescue Plan (fldoe.org)

American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief – Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) – Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

National Center for Homeless Education

McKinney-Vento Regional Spring 2023 Mini Conference

March 31st, 2023
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Best practices Highlights:

Vivki Muse Johnson
Vicki Muse Johnson

PAEC’s McKinney-Vento Program highlights Vicki Muse Johnson, Gadsden County School District’s Coordinator of Family and Community Engagement and the District’s Homeless Liaison.

Ms. Johnson has worked in Gadsden County for more than four decades.  For many years, she has shown her commitment and dedication to students and families.  She has always been passionate about her job.  Ms. Johnson calls the work she does a “Work of Heart.”

We proudly highlight Ms. Johnson for the outstanding job she is doing to ensure that Gadsden County Schools identify all of the students who qualify for the McKinney-Vento Program.  She does not only have the Student Residence Questionnaires filled out at the beginning of the school year and at the time of enrollment, she ensures that a Skylert Message is sent out district-wide to alert all parents and invite them to fill out the Student Residence Questionnaire, especially after the winter holidays.  Ms. Johnson understands that a student’s living situations can change at any time, specifically during and after the holidays.

Ms. Vicki Muse Johnson is very proactive and truly demonstrates that her work is “A Work of Heart!”