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Homeless Student Registration

McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth

Charles County Public Schools provides services to each child of a homeless individual or homeless youth ensuring equal access to the same free, appropriate, public education provided to other non-homeless students with the opportunities to meet the same challenging state content and student performance standards with success. Every school district is required to have a Local Education Agency (LEA) homeless education liaison whose duties include addressing barriers that homeless children and youth may face in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. You may contact Bethany Goodwin, Youth in Transition Coordinator, at 301-934-7210 or at for additional information.

The McKinney-Vento Definition of Homelessness

The term “homeless children and youths” means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, or adequate nighttime residence. This group includes:

  • children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
  • are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
  • are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;
  • children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings such as children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings;
  • migratory children; and
  • unaccompanied youth who do not live in the physical custody of a parent or guardian.