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)

For info on the dispute resolution process, click here.

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)

Find additional MV recordings here!

National Runaway Safeline 


For 2022-23 school year
McKinney-Vento Liaison Annual Training – Liaisons have the choice to review materials on their own and complete this assessment for the certificate, OR can join a virtual training session to receive a certificate.
Sessions are open to M-V Liaisons and any interested staff.

Aug 29th 

Sept 14th

Sept 29th

Oct 18th

Oct 26th

Sign up for the Maine McKinney-Vento listserv here!

Maine Laws, Rules, and Guidance

Homeless Liaison Toolkit 

Assessing Capacity McKinney-Vento Liaisons Form 

Developing an Effective Homeless Education Protocol 

McKinney-Vento Checklist

MV Eligibility 

Understanding Doubled Up

Learning Resources for Local Liaisons

Transportation Tips

School Selection MV

MV Categorical Eligibility for Free Meals


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Professional Development 

Find current Maine DOE PD opportunities here 

    For school staff: McKinney 101 (PowerPoint)  

    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