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 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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Liaison List

Foster Youth Services and Homeless Education 2020-2021 Professional Development Trainings

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PD List 

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
August 26, 2020; 9:30 am - 11:30 am Virtual
November 18, 2020; 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm  Virtual
February 24, 2021; 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Virtual
April 21, 2021; 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Virtual

Foster Youth Services/Homeless Education Collaborative Meeting Resource One 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 Services Alejandra Chamberlain (925) 942-3300 (925) 942-3490
Education Liaison, Youth Services Reina Robinson (925) 942-3394 (925) 942-3490
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