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. Youth Development Services 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 is 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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School District Liaisons

Foster Youth Services/Homeless Education Collaborative:

Youth Development 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 18, 2019 1:00-3:30 pm CCCOE Las Trampas Meeting Room
December 18, 2019 1:00-3:30 pm CCCOE Briones Meeting Room
May 13, 2020 1:00–3:30 pm CCCOE John Muir Room

Foster Youth Services/Homeless Education Collaborative Meeting Resource Google Drive

Homeless Education Training  Click here to register

Date/Time Location
October 1, 2019  9:30-11:30 am CCCOE Briones Meeting Room
February 11, 2020  9:30-11:30 am CCCOE Briones Meeting Room


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
Manager, Youth Development Services Alejandra Chamberlain (925) 942-3300 (925) 942-3490
Supervisor, Youth Development Services Denise Clarke (925) 942-3322 (925) 942-3490
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