Education for Homeless Children and Youth

Youth Development Services brochureThe McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Youth Services Department provides support and resources to the 18 School Districts in the County, CCCOE-Operated School Sites, and Charter Schools to implement McKinney-Vento. Technical Assistance and Training are also available to District Homeless Liaisons and other staff who are involved in working with homeless children and youth.

Contra Costa County District Liaison List 

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Liaison List 22-23

Foster Youth Services and Homeless Education 2022-2023 Professional Development Trainings:

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Foster Youth Services/Homeless Education Collaborative:

Youth Services facilitates the Foster Youth Services/Homeless Education Collaborative, a quarterly meeting for districts and service providers, to coordinate services and provide support to the Foster Youth and McKinney-Vento District Education Liaisons, foster and homeless students and their families.

 Date/Time Location
September 14, 2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Board Room
November 8, 2022 9:00 am -11:00 am Zoom
February 1, 2023 9:00 am - 11:00 am Zoom
April 25, 2023 9:00 am - 11:00 am Board Room

Foster Youth Services/Homeless Education Collaborative Meeting Resource One Drive


Students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence are considered homeless. This may include the following living situations:

  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Living in motels or hotels
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings or other facilities not designed for regular sleeping accommodations for human beings
  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason
  • Runaway or unaccompanied youth
  • Youth abandoned in hospitals 


  • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they've lived there
  • Continue in the school last attended before they became homeless if that is their choice and is feasible
  • Receive transportation to school if they request such transportation
  • Participate in all programs for which they are eligible
  • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address, immunization records, or other required documents


Title Name (click to email) Phone FAX
Director Alejandra Chamberlain (925) 942-3300 (925) 942-3490
Education Liaison Gina Bills (925) 942-3363 (925) 942-3490
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