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ERIC Number: ED574575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Migrant Students Experiencing Homelessness: Rights and Services under the McKinney-Vento Act. McKinney-Vento Law into Practice Brief Series
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
Migrant students often face significant educational challenges resulting from a highly mobile lifestyle lived in poverty-level conditions. Many migrant workers move frequently to obtain temporary or seasonal employment in agriculture, fishing, meat processing, or dairy work, leading to high residential and school mobility for their children. With each school change, migrant students may: (1) Face difficulty enrolling in school; (2) Experience inappropriate educational placement due to lack of school records and other documentation; (3) Suffer educational disruption and loss of academic credit due to the varying curricula used in different school districts; and (4) Experience social isolation due to difficulties in adapting to new living and school environments. The cultural and linguistic diversity of many migrant children and the financial strains faced by their families, resulting from low pay and inconsistent work, further compound the potentially devastating effects on a student's education. In some instances, migrant students may experience homelessness and qualify for services provided by the McKinney-Vento Act. This brief provides information about the federal Migrant Education Program (MEP) and Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program and how they can work together to support the education of homeless migrant students.
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE. P.O. Box 5367, 915 Northridge Street 2nd Floor, Greensboro, NC 27435. Tel: 800-755-3277; Fax: 336-315-7457; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs
Authoring Institution: National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE; State University of New York at Oneonta, ESCORT
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987; Elementary and Secondary Education Act