McKinney-Vento Education in Maine

What is the McKinney-Vento Act?

The Maine Department of Education and Maine schools follow the provisions of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which aims to minimize the educational disruptions experienced by students experiencing housing instability. Students in temporary housing situations are guaranteed the right to a free, appropriate, public education. They can remain enrolled in the schools they have been attending even if they are temporarily staying out of the district but also have the right to enroll in their new school of residence. To minimize the risk of students missing school during periods of housing instability, enrollment should be immediate, even if families cannot provide typically required documents and immunization records right away. Schools must provide transportation for students who need it to attend school. McKinney-Vento protections apply to all public school students, pre-K through grade 12 who “lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence”, including children and youth:

  • Sharing housing due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate housing
  • Living in emergency or transitional housing
  • Abandoned in hospitals
  • Having a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodations
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
  • Migratory students meeting the descriptions above

For Families: McKinney-Vento (2 minute video)

For Educators: McKinney-Vento (2 minute video)

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How can I find the McKinney-Vento liaison in my district? Every Maine school system has a local McKinney-Vento Liaison to assist families and unaccompanied youth who are experiencing housing instability.  The Department’s NEO Contact Search  can be used to locate the McKinney-Vento Liaison in any Maine school district. 


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Resources for Families

How to find my liaison? - The NEO Contact Search  can be used to locate the McKinney-Vento Liaison in any Maine school district. 

Know Your Rights 

Info on McKinney-Vento for Families & Youth

Resources for families and youth experiencing housing instability 

What is McKinney-Vento? (5 mins)

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National Runaway Safeline 

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Professional Development 

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    MV Orientation/Refresher Video (90 mins)

    McKinney-Vento Data Video (30 mins)

    What is McKinney-Vento Video (5 mins)

    For school staff: McKinney 101 (PowerPoint)  

    McKinney & PK (PowerPoint)

    McKinney & COVID (PowerPoint)

    MV Community Partners Presentation (PowerPoint)

    Training Resources for School Staff

    Find additional MV recordings here!


    Amelia Lyons 
    McKinney-Vento Education Consultant
    Office of School and Student Supports
    (207) 557-1787