Foster and McKinney Vento Youth

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is committed to the well-being and success of every child. We encourage student's education by removing barriers that would limit their ability to engage and participate in school fully. The District Social Work program enhances educational outcomes and academic achievement for foster care students whose families lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

Students in Foster Care

The District Social Work program seeks to address the unique educational needs of students in the foster care system.  Students in foster care may experience multiple changes in home placements as they are placed with foster parent(s), guardian homes (kinship/relative or non-relative), and group homes. 

Because of the complexities of their experience, many foster youth perform below grade level, are held back in school, and have lower graduation rates than their peers. 

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The District Social Work program ensures equitable access to education for foster youth by removing barriers to education in accordance with CA law (AB 490), such as school stability (the right to remain in their original school when they enter foster care or move) and immediate enrollment (the right to be immediately enrolled in a new school). 

Foster Youth Bill of Rights

McKinney-Vento Students 

House in hand

The District Social Work program provides supplemental 
educational services and social support to students and families who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

Students who
 live in any of the following situations may qualify for services:

  • Sharing housing with one or more families due to eviction or economic hardship
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Staying in hotels/motels
  • Staying in trailer parks/campgrounds
  • Staying in an area that is not designed for sleeping (i.e. a garage, an attic, a car, a park, or an abandoned building). 

School-Aged children have rights and protection under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. Those rights include the following: 

  • Receive a free appropriate public education.
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents are normally required for enrollment.
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the student's needs.
  • Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is their preference.
  • Enroll and attend school while the school and family seek to resolve a dispute over enrolling the child(ren).
  • Receive transportation assistance to the school attended before the family lost housing, if requested, and qualifies under the district transportation standard.

Contact Information

To inquire about foster youth services, please contact:

[email protected]

Contact Information

To inquire about McKinney Vento Support Services, please contact:

[email protected]
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