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Homeless/Foster Youth Education Services


The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act) (42 U.S.C. § 11431-11435) is federal legislation that ensures the educational rights and protections of children and youths experiencing homelessness. It requires all local educational agencies (LEAs) to ensure that homeless students have access to the same free, appropriate public education, including public preschools, as provided to other children and youths. The McKinney-Vento Act defines LEAs as public school districts, direct-funded and locally funded charter schools, and county offices of education. The McKinney-Vento Act also authorizes the funding for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program.


For assistance with homeless support, please contact the Homeless Assistance Program at (442) 265-0211.


Foster Youth

Foster Youth Services Coordinating (FYSC) Programs provide support services to foster children who suffer the traumatic effects of displacement from family and schools and multiple placements in foster care. FYSC Programs have the ability and authority to ensure that health and school records are obtained to establish appropriate placements and coordinate instruction, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, vocational training, emancipation services, training for independent living, and other related services. FYSC Programs increase the stability of placements for foster children and youth. These services are designed to improve the children's educational performance and personal achievement, directly benefiting them as well as providing long-range cost savings to the state.


District: Homeless Liaison

Laura Dubbe


McCabe Union Elementary School District 

701 West McCabe Road 

El Centro, CA 92243



Imperial County: Homeless Liaison

Dan Tewalt 

Homeless Care Coordinator

Imperial County Office of Education 

1398 Sperber Road 

El Centro, CA 92243



State: Homeless Liaison

Leanne Wheeler

Consultant, Homeless Education

California Department of Education

1430 N Street

Sacramento, CA 92514-5901




County: Imperial County Foster Youth Services

Kristina Contreras 

Manager, Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program

Imperial County Office of Education 

1501 "I" Street

Brawley, CA 92227