Information for Parents

If your family lives in any of the following situations:

  • In a motel or campground due to lack of an alternative adequate accommodation;
  • In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train stop;
  • Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic leadership

your school-age children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.

Your eligible children have the right to:

  • Receive a free, appropriate education.
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
  • Enroll in school or attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
  • Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is your preference. If the school district believes the school you select is not in the best interest of your children, the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal its decision.
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this.
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your children’s needs.

If you believe your children may be eligible, contact the local liaison to find out what services and supports may be available. There also may be supports available for your preschool-age children.

Local Liaison

Angie Johns: 319-753-6791 ext. 1803

State Coordinator

Tyler Havin, State of Iowa: 515-669-8622

View the Homeless Assistance brochure
McKinney-Vento Referral Form

If you need further assistance with your children’s educational needs, contact the National Center for Homeless Education by calling 1-800-308-2145 or emailing


Angie Johns

McKinney-Vento Resilient Community Liaison
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Cassie Gerst

Supervisor of Grants & Community Outreach
Cassie Gerst