McKinney - Vento

The McKinney-Vento Act was enacted due to the numerous barriers homeless 
children  faced in obtaining a free, appropriate public education.

The role of education in the life of a homeless child is crucial.  In a life that is filled
 with uncertainty, school is a place of safety.  Something as simple as a desk to call their own 
can provide a homeless child with a sense of routine and ownership.  A free, appropriate, public 
education is also a right to which homeless children and youth are legally entitled.  This right put into 
practice has the potential to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness that may otherwise continue.  
For a homeless child, the importance of a stable, quality education is immeasurable.

If you have questions regarding the education of homeless children please contact: 
Sara Thomson, Sunnybrook School District
 Phone: (708) 895-0790 EXT. 2206
Email:  sthomson@sd171.org