Homeless Education

The Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act states that children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate are considered homeless. If, due to a loss of housing, a child must live in a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground, on the street, in abandoned buildings, or doubled-up with relatives or friends, then he/she is eligible to receive services provided under the McKinney-Vento Act. The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, state educational agencies must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth.

Homeless children and youth must have access to the educational and other services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held. In addition, homeless students may not be separated from the mainstream school environment

Florida DOE Title IX, Part C: Homeless Education Program

Child Abuse Prevention/Foster Care/Homeless Issues


Primary Contact: Melissa Cephus

District Homeless Liaison

Email: melissa.cephus@taylor.k12.fl.us

Phone: 850-838-2525 or 386-243-9359

Secondary Contact: Rhonda Brooks

District School Social Worker/Homeless Liaison

Email: rhonda.brooks@taylor.k12.fl.us

Phone: 850-838-2520 or 850-838-2530

Betsy Stephens

District Child Find/School Social Worker

Email: betsy.stephens@taylor.k12.fl.us

Phone: 850-838-2536