Homeless Programs — State Publications

Schools give homeless children hope and a chance for a better future.

Kansas Publications

State Coordinator for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Tate Toedman


MckInney-Vento (Homeless) Program

Schools give homeless children hope and a chance for a better future.

The LEA is your "Local Education Agency".
The LEA for this web site is Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (USD 500)

Federal Funding is provided by Title I and the McKinney-Vento Act, originally enacted in 1987.

KCKPS Central Office
2010 N. 59th Street
Kansas City, KS 66104
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Phone: (913) 279-2150

Lisa Garcia — Director of Student Services

Marie McFeders — Parent Liaison 

Resource Numbers

Homeless Hotline: (816) 474-4599
SOS Youth Hotline: (913) 324-3619
Domestic Violence: (913) 321-0951 / 1-888-363-2287
United Way: 211
MOCSA (Sexual Assault): (816) 931-4571
Public Housing: (913) 281-3300
DCF: 1-888-369-4777

Homeless Programs —


Schools give homeless children hope and a chance for a better future.

Definition of Homeless

  • In emergency or transitional shelters.
  • In motels, hotels, trailer parks, campgrounds, abandoned in hospitals, or awaiting foster care.
  • In cars, parks, public places, bus or train stations, or abandoned buildings.
  • Doubled up with relative or friends.
  • Migratory children living in these conditions.

How Vulnerable Are You to Becoming Homeless?

  • Could you ever experience a flood, fire, tornado, or other natural disaster?
  • Do you work in an area of the economy / job market where your job might become obsolete?
  • Could you ever suffer from a long-term illness or accident without proper health benefits or other compensations?
  • Do you live in a household with no more than one full-time wage earner?
  • Are you behind on any monthly bills?
  • Are housing costs in your area increasing faster than wages?
  • Does anyone in your family struggle with addictions such as drugs or alcohol?

What Homeless Families Need to Know

  • Homeless children have a right to attend school.
  • You do not need a permanent address to enroll your child in school.
  • Homeless children have the right to stay in their home school if the parents choose.
  • Your child cannot be denied school enrollment just because school records or other enrollment documentation are not immediately available.
  • Your child has the right to transportation services to and from the school of origin.
  • Your child has the right to participate in extracurricular activities and all federal, state, or local programs for which he/she is eligible.

What Your Family Can Do Before You Move

  • Tell your child's teacher and principal that your child is moving, and give them the new address.
  • Let school officials know if you want your child to stay in his/her home school while you are getting the family stabilized.
  • Ask for a copy of your child's school records, including immunization.

Tips for Families Who Move Often

  • Keep a copy of birth certificates and school records accessible.
  • Safeguard all health and immunization records.
  • Have a reliable person keep a second copy of the child's birth certificate, school records, and health information.
  • Enroll children in school as soon as possible.

Ask about These Special Services at School

  • Free breakfast and lunch programs.
  • Free transportation services.
  • Special transportation for children to remain in their home school.
  • Special education programs, especially if the student has previously received special education services.
  • Tutoring programs.
  • Programs to help children learn English.
  • Gifted or talented programs.
  • Summer school programs.
  • Pre-school programs.
  • After-school programs.
  • Homeless assistance programs.

Donations — Homeless Programs

Schools give homeless children hope and a chance for a better future.

School Supplies

  • backpacks
  • notebooks
  • crayons
  • markers
  • folders
  • rulers
  • pencil bags
  • Composition book

Hygiene Items

  • soaps
  • shampoos
  • lotions
  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • deodorants
  • socks
  • underwear
  • diapers
  • blankets
  • gently worn clothing
  • new clothing
  • bottles
  • baby wipes