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Foster and Homeless Youth


Even if you have:

  • Uncertain housing
  • A temporary address
  • No permanent physical address

You are guaranteed enrollment in school by the federal McKinney-Veto Act and California state law if you live:

  • In a house or apartment with more than one family due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • With friends or family because you are a runaway or an unaccompanied youth
  • In substandard housing (without electricity, water, or heat)
  • In a shelter (family, domestic violence or youth shelter or transitional living program)
  • In a motel, hotel, or weekly rate housing
  • In an abandoned building, in a car, at a campground, or on the streets

You can enroll in school immediately even without the documents normally required for enrollment such as:

  • Proof of residency
  • Immunization records or other required health records
  • School records
  • Legal guardianship papers

Your child may:

  • Participate fully in all school activities and programs for which he/she is eligible
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin if you request it
  • Continue to attend the school in which he/she was last enrolled even if you have moved away from that school's attendance area
  • Qualify automatically for school nutrition programs

Your responsibilities are to:

  • Make sure your child gets to school on time and ready to learn
  • Stay informed of school rules, regulations, and activites
  • Contact the homeless liaison for assistance in removing barriers to your child's education
  • Attend parent/teacher conferences, Back-to-School Nights, and other school-related activities.


For questions about enrolling in school or assistance with school enrollment, contact:

Your local school district homeless liaison:
Enterprise Elementary School District
Shelby Price
Your county homeless liaison:
Austin Preller
Director of Youth Support Services
Your homeless state coordinator:
Leanne Wheeler 
State Coordinator
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 6408
Sacramento, CA 95814