McKinney-Vento (Homeless) Program

The McKinney-Vento Program has proudly served KCKPS students and their families by connecting them to community resources and agencies providing food, clothing, employment, emergency services, housing and utility assistance.

Our dedicated team is committed to meeting students’ basic needs and ensuring they have everything required to be successful.

What is the McKinney Vento Program?

The McKinney-Vento Act provides rights and services to children and youth experiencing homelessness, which includes those who are: sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; staying in motels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to the lack of an adequate alternative; staying in shelters or transitional housing; or sleeping in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, or similar settings

Under the McKinney-Vento Act, every local educational agency is required to designate a liaison for homeless children and youth.

Services Offered:

  • Transportation to and from school (if applicable)
  • Enrollment advocacy
  • School supplies, uniforms, books
  • Tutoring and counseling
  • Referrals for clothes and food
  • Hygiene items
  • Housing assistance referrals
  • Medical and dental vouchers (when available)
  • Birth certificate referrals
  • Cap and gown fee

Who is eligible for McKinney-Vento services?

A student or family that lives:

  • doubled-up with friends or relatives on a temporary basis
  • in a park, motel or campground
  • in a shelter
  • in a vehicle
  • on a street
  • as a runaway

A McKinney-Vento student has the right to:

  • Attend their school of origin (known as the “home school”) or the school for the area where the student currently lives.
  • Immediately enroll in school without providing documents, including proof of residency.
    • (Schools MUST permit you to enroll, even if you do not have these documents.)

They have 30 days to provide the following:

    • Birth certificates
    • Immunization records
    • Physicals (as needed)
    • Notarized forms
  • Free lunch beginning first day
  • Transportation to and from school (if applicable)
  • Participate in tutoring and other school-related activities
  • Referrals for uniforms, medical aid and food assistance

How You Can Help:

  • Donate school supplies, gift cards, hygiene products, clothing, etc.
  • Provide financial assistance to pay for housing, cap and gown fees, etc.
  • Set-up fundraising events

Contact McKinney-Vento staff for more information.

Resources for Families


Resource Phone Number
Homeless Hotline 816.474.4599
SOS Youth Hotline 913.324.3619
Domestic Violence Hotline 816.HOTLINE
United Way 211 or 816.474.5112
MOCSA (Sexual Assault Hotline) 816.931.4572
Public Housing Information 913.281.3300
Department for Children and Families (DCF) 913.279.7000
Safe Place(24 hour Youth Crisis Hotline) 816-741-8700
Avenue of Life 816-797-6101
Restart Inc. 816-842-1199
Synergry Services 816-587-4100

Contact Us:

Jessica Smith – McKinney-Vento Program Coordinator | 913.279.2150 or email

Julius Brownlee – McKinney-Vento Program Specialist | 913.279.2152 or email
Central Office and Training Center
2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, KS

For more information regarding McKinney Vento Federal Law and Policies, please click here.

Click here for an informational, printable brochure.

Youth Poster (English PDF)
Youth Poster (Spanish PDF)

Parent Poster (English PDF)
Parent Poster (Spanish PDF)

KCKPS McKinney-Vento in the News:

Kansas City Star – KCK schools had 1,400 homeless kids in 2015. Here’s how they cut that number by half.

Fox 4 KC – With KCKPS starting virtually, program to help homeless students working even harder