McKinney-Vento Education Act

Many families experience unemployment, job changes, or other circumstances that can cause the loss of a permanent home. The McKinney-Vento Education Program provides services for students in a transitional living situation.

The McKinney-Vento Act provides protections to children “who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” 

Student Eligibility

Students eligible for protections under this act are:

  • Children sharing housing (living with friends or relatives) due to economic hardship, loss of housing, or similar reason

  • Children living in “motels, hotels, RV parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations”

  • Children living in “cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations”

  • Children living in “emergency or transitional shelters”

  • Runaways or youth rendered homeless by their parents

  • Families living in a place that does not have appropriate accommodations (such as: lacks water, lacks electricity or heat, lacks working kitchen or bathroom, is infested with vermin or mold, presents danger to adults, children or persons with disabilities)

  • Students not in physical custody of a parent or legal guardian and whose living arrangements are any of the above are included in the McKinney-Vento Act.

Student Rights

Students in temporary housing have the right to:

  • Immediately enroll in school and attend classes even if you are missing documents usually required for enrollment including birth certificate, immunization records, academic records, and documentation of permanent address

  • Busing to the local school if transportation is provided to other students

  • Special Education services immediately if the student has a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) even if the IEP itself is not available or if it is from another district

  • Participation in school activities that are available to other students and receive transportation to and from all before and after school activities if it is provided to other students

  • Receive free school lunch 


Offered services include:

  • School enrollment assistance

  • Tutoring assistance when available

  • Provision of basic school supplies, hygiene items, clothes when available

  • Immediate access to free school lunch

  • Help with transportation issues when possible

  • Help to locate emergency assistance and referrals to community service agencies for food, shelter, clothing, and basic needs.


District McKinney-Vento Liaison
Mitzi McCaleb
Director of Health and Wellness
301 Bulldog Boulevard, Artesia, NM
P: (575) 746-3585 ext. 6501

New Mexico State Coordinator
Dana Malone
120 South Federal Place Room 206, Santa Fe, NM 87501
P: (505) 827-1810