Families in Transition Program
The purpose of the Families In Transition Program is to ensure that all children and youth have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education, including preschool education as non-homeless children and youth. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act protects the educational rights of Homeless Children and Youth.
Programa Familias En Transición
El propósito del Programa Familias En Transición es para asegurar que todos los niños y jóvenes tengan el mismo acceso a la educación pública gratuita y apropiada, incluyendo la educación preescolar igual personas sin hogar como personas con hogar. La Ley McKinney-Vento Asistencia para Personas sin Hogar proteje los derechos de estudio para los niños y jóvenes sin hogar.
If you have a family that you would like to refer to the Families in Transition program, the referral form can be found HERE and faxed to 970-348-4731.
Who is Homeless?
Individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence; including:
- Children and youth who share the housing of other people due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons.
- Children and youth temporarily staying in motels, hotels, trailer parks, camping grounds or transitional shelters due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
- Families staying in safe houses because the permanent home involves domestic violence.
- Families or individuals living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings or places not designed for the regular sleeping of human beings.
Educational Support for Homeless Children & Youth
Available Services Can Include:
- Free breakfasts and lunches at school
- School supplies, backpacks, school uniforms, and transportation to school
- Obtaining documents from previous schools
- Information and referrals to community resources
- Food Pack Program
- Mentor, tutoring and advisement
McKinney Act Provisions
Each homeless child and youth must have access to a free and appropriate public education.
Children and youth who become homeless can choose to continue in the school they were attending before they became homeless, or they may attend school in the attendance area in which the child is living. The decision is based on the best interest of the child and must give consideration to the request made by a parent(s) or guardian.
Homeless children must be given services comparable to that offered to other students in the school. They must be allowed to participate in school meal programs, before and after school programs, transportation, and educational opportunities.
State and Local Policies Should Not Keep Homeless Children from Attending School
Homeless children and youth should not be kept out of school or experience enrollment delays due to transportation problems, transfer of records, residency requirements, immunization or guardianship issues.
Homeless Children Must Not Be Segregated
Homeless students must not be separated from the mainstream school environment merely because they are homeless.
What is the Food Pack Program?
District 6 and the Weld Food Bank have partnered to provide the Food Pack Program.
This program provides nutritionally balanced packs for food for students to take home over the weekend for added nutritional support through the weekend.