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Manager, Youth Development Services

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Education for Homeless Children and Youth

Education for Homeless Children and Youth brochreThe 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 and CCCOE-operated school sites 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.

Foster Youth Services/Homeless Education Collaborative:

Youth Development Services facilitates the Foster Youth Services/Homeless Education Collaborative, a consortium of 12 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.

Foster Youth Services/Homeless Education Collaborative meeting dates for 2017-2018:

Date/Time Location
September 20, 2017 1:00–3:30 pm CCCOE Las Trampas Meeting Room
December 13, 2017 1:00–3:30 pm CCCOE Las Trampas Meeting Room
March 21, 2018 1:00–3:30 pm CCCOE Las Trampas Meeting Room
May 16, 2018 1:00–3:30 pm CCCOE Las Trampas Meeting Room

Homeless Situations:

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

Homeless Children and Youth Have a Right to:

  • 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


According to the McKinney-Vento Act's Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) and the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, every school district and County Office of Education must have an educational liaison for homeless youth: Contra Costa County District Homeless Youth Liaison List (pdf)

Presentations for Professional Development

Recent News:

CCCOE was recently featured in the California Department of Education Bridges e-journal with an article detailing our collaboration with local Head Start Programs and supporting children and families who are experiencing homelessness in early childhood programs.
Read the article here »

For more information contact:

– Contra Costa County Homeless Education Liaison
Manager, Youth Development Services
(925) 942-3300

– Homeless Education Collaborative
Supervisor, Youth Development Services
(925) 942-3322


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Page updated on: December 20, 2017

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