The McKinney-Vento Act as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (by the Illinois General Assembly) requires Illinois school district liaisons to ensure that public notice of educational rights is disseminated in “locations frequented by parents, guardians, and unaccompanied youth” in a “manner and form understandable to them.”

Today, many families and youth get information from the internet. This makes it important for school and district websites to present information about the McKinney-Vento Act.

Pursuant to McKinney-Vento, all school districts must have in place a liaison for homeless children and youth.

Central 301 ensures that:

  • Homeless children and youth are sensitively identified by school personnel, whether currently enrolled or not yet attending and, if appropriate, aid such children or youth in accessing the appropriate school.
  • Homeless children and youth have a full opportunity to succeed and have full access to educational services and other services as appropriate.
  • Parents and guardians of homeless children and youth are informed about the district’s educational services and opportunities and are given meaningful chances to participate in their child’s education.
  • Public notice of the educational rights of homeless children and youth is disseminated at locations where homeless families and children are served.
  • Parents have the right to access dispute procedures under the law.
  • Please email if you have any questions about the McKinney-Vento Act

McKinney-Vento Resources


Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

District Homeless Liaison:
Michelle Vaughn – Facilitator of Special Programs for Student Support Services
(847) 464.6005