Homeless / Foster Youth Education Program

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act) is federal legislation that ensures the educational rights and protections of children and youths experiencing homelessness. Hughson Unified School District ensures that homeless students have access to the same free, appropriate public education, including public preschools, as provided to other children and youths.

Foster Youth Services (FYS) programs provide support services to foster children who suffer the traumatic effects of displacement from family and schools and multiple placements in foster care. FYS 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. These services are designed to improve the children's educational performance and personal achievement.


If you would like more information, please contact: 

Local Liaison - Homeless / Foster Youth:
Eric Petersen
Hughson Unified School District
7448 Fox Road, Hughson, CA 95326
(209) 883-2256
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Stanislaus County Foster/McKinney-Vento Education Liaison:
Vicki Bauman, Director III
Stanislaus County Office of Education
1100 H Street, Modesto, CA 95354
(209) 238-1361

State Coordinator Homeless Children and Youth:
Leanne Wheeler
CA Dept of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 6208, Sacramento, CA 95814

State Foster Youth Services Coordinating (FYSC) Programs:
Integrated Student Support and Programs Office
CA Dept of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 6208
Sacramento, CA 95814
Email:  [email protected]

National Center for Homeless Education HelpLine:  1-800-308-2145

The Following Links Contain Important Information For Families Experiencing Homelessness and Foster Youth:

CA Dept. of Education Homeless Children and Youth Education
CA Dept. of Education Foster Youth Services
National Center for Homeless Education
McKinney-Vento Act at a Glance

Local Resource Agencies:

Hughson Family Resource Center
Stanislaus County United Way - 211
Community Health Services Agency
Stanislaus County Community Services Agency

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