Homeless Education

McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children
    & Youth - Title X

Homeless Children & Children In Transition Have the
Right to a Free, Appropriate Public Education

Statewide Toll Free Number 1-877-854-5437


Under the McKinney Vento Act, a child is homeless if he/she does not have a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

Examples of Homeless Situations

as defined in the McKinney Vento Act)

  1. Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason. Commonly called doubling-up.
  2. Children and youth living in motels, hotels, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
  3. Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters, abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement.
  4. Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
  5. Unaccompanied youths or runaways. Children in this situation can be described as couch surfers, chronically spending a few nights at one friend’s home then moving on to another.


April 2014 Homeless Education Training

Presentations and Handouts


Contact Information

Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
ATTN: Sarah Emmal, Program Manager
Homeless Education Program
801 West 10th Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 110500
Juneau, AK 99811-0500
Telephone: (907) 465-3826

E-mail: sarah.emmal@alaska.gov