Housing Insecure and Foster Youth


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 fully engage and participate in school. 
The District Social Work program at CVESD is dedicated to enhancing educational outcomes and academic achievement for students in foster care and 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 needsof students in the 
foster care system.  Students in foster care may experience
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.  

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 (if in their best interests)
    •  Immediate Enrollment – The right to be immediately enrolled in a new school (even without health/education records)

cKinney-Vento Education Assistance


Understanding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act’s Definition of “Homeless” 



The MCKinney-Vento Act’s definition of “homeless” for children and youth reflects the reality of family homelessness today. The definition specifically includes children living in emergency shelters, motels, hotels, trailer parks, cars, parks, public spaces, or abandoned buildings, and those sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason. According to the McKinney-Vento Act, the term “homeless children and youths” refers to individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes the following four categories:


    • 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/campgroundsStaying 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 are:


    • Attend school. Children must be given access to the same public education provided totheir students. 


    • Enroll immediately and attend school while the school arranges for the transfer of school records and receipt of any other documents required for enrollment.


    • Continue in the school attended before becoming homeless or the school last attended, or the school closest to their temporary residence, if feasible and in the best interest of the child.


    • 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 housingif needed.

The District Social Work program supports and advocates for the academic success of students in transition in collaboration with the child’s school, care providers, community-based agencies, and the youth. 


Students in transition may qualify for: 


Intensive Case Management: 

    • Consultation and collaboration with teacher, school staff, and community-based agencies regarding academic and social emotional needs.  
    • Collaboration and linkage to outside agencies to address needs. 
    • Providing crisis intervention and immediate behavioral support.  

Trauma Informed Counseling and Consultation: 

    • Weekly individual counseling sessions 
    •  Social Skills Groups 
    • Classroom behavior intervention 

Contact Information

To inquire about foster youth services, please contact:


Contact Information

To inquire about McKinney Vento Support Services, please contact:

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