If your family lives in any of the following situations:
- Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship
- In a shelter, motel, or campground
- Or some other inadequate accommodation
Your school-aged child may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.
If your child is eligible, he/she has the right to:
- Receive the free, appropriate public education to which he/she is entitled.
- Be enrolled in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
- Be enrolled in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documentation.
- Enroll in the local school near where he or she is living; or continue attending his/her school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is your preference and is feasible.
- Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this.
- Receive educational services comparable to those provided to all other student, according to your child’s need.
- Receive clothing, supplies and other services if needed or requested.
If you believe your children may be eligible, contact Anita Crowley, your Ocean Township’s Homeless Education Liaison.
Phone:(609) 693-3131, extension 124
McKinney Vento/Migrant Education Program
New Jersey Dept. of Ed.
PO Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500