The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, indicates that State Educational Agencies (SEAs) must ensure that homeless children and youths have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as is provided to other children and youths. The SEA and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in the State must review and revise any laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as barriers to the identification, enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youths. Homeless students must also have access to the education and other services that they need to meet the same challenging State academic standards to which all students are held.


You might qualify for assistance through a federal law called the McKinney-Vento Act if your family lives in the following:

  • In a shelter

  • In a motel or campground due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodation

  • In a car, park, abandoned building, bus, or train station

  • Doubled-up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship

Caralyn Williams is the liaison for Centralia High School. Please contact her by email at or by phone at 618-532-7391 x3022 regarding your child's eligibility.