• Homeless Children and Youth

    ​​​​​​​The federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. It is designed to help expedite the school enrollment of homeless children and youth. State and local educational agencies must ensure that homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free public education as is provided to other children and youth. All educational agencies must review and revise any practices or policies that may act as barriers to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth.


    Who is defined as Homeless?

    Homeless children and youth mean those individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.


    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 


    Upon identification of a student who appears to meet the definition as described above, school personnel should immediately notify the McKinney-Vento Liaison and update thee coding in AERIES. Every effort should be made by all school personnel to properly identify homeless children and youth and connect them with appropriate personnel and/or services that best meet their needs.


    Resources for Unaccompanied Teens

    County Homeless Assistance

    Determining Fixed, regular or adequate

    Are you Doubled Up?

    Eligibility for Homeless Students

    Education for Homeless Children and Youth


    Foster Care

    ​In December 2015, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorized the Elementary & Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).  It specifically addressed the needs of students in foster care and instituted new protections for them.  These provisions took effect December 10, 2016, and require that school districts work with child welfare agencies to ensure the educational stability of children and youth in foster care.

    The law specifically requires the following:

    • A child in foster care remains in his or her school of origin, unless it is determined that remaining in the school of origin is not in that child’s best interest;
    • If it is not in the child’s best interest to stay in his or her school of origin, the child is immediately enrolled in the new school even if the child is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment; and
    • That the new (enrolling) school immediately contacts the school of origin to obtain relevant academic and other records.


    Please address any questions or concerns to the Foster Care Point of Contact: 

    Jennifer A Clark

    Director of Student Services

    (925) 473-2346





    Valarie Bell- Sanders

    District Counselor


    (925) 473-2300 ext 3150


    Student Services Office 
    (925) 473-2347
    (925) 439-1650



    Foster Youth Educational Rights

    Who Is a Foster Youth?

    AB12 Eligibility

    Foster Youth Education Toolkit

    Contra Costa ILSP

    Transitional Housing for Foster Youth

    Chafee Grant for Foster Youth

    AB 167

    AB 216

    AB 1806



    10 Ways to Support you Foster Scholar

    Support College Transition for Homless