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
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