Homeless and Foster Care
Homeless Students / McKinney-Vento Grant
Kent ISD is committed to helping our students who are experiencing homelessness through the McKinney-Vento grant. Each public school district and academy has a Homeless Liaison who assists with enrollment, academic support, and ongoing needs.
Do you work with MV / Homeless students? Subscribe to our newsletter
Are you living...?
- in a shelter, car, park, abandoned building, campground, motel, bus / train station or doubled-up with other people due to loss of housing and economic hardship
- click for our informational brochure (Kent) (updated Aug. 20, 2019)
- click for our informational brochure (Allegan)
Children in Kindergarten - 12th grade and children in state or federal funded preschool programs have the right to:
- receive a free, appropriate public education
- enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents that are normally required
- enroll in the local school or continue at their school of origin (determined by the best interest of the student)
- receive transportation to and from school of origin if needed
- eligibility for federal breakfast and lunch programs
- receive educational services comparable to other children, according to their needs
Does your child attend a state/federally funded preschool?
- Students attending state or federally funded preschool programs (GSRP, Head Start, ECSE) are also eligible for MV / Homeless services including: immediate enrollment (if space is available), right to school of origin, transportation to continue in school of origin (if in best interest of the student), eligibility for school meals (based on their program's participation)
- If your child attends a GSRP program (outside of GRPS) and is experiencing homelessness, contact Stacey Bright at 616-447-5679 [if your child attends a GSRP program within GRPS and is experiencing homelessness, contact Edna Stewart at 616-819-3673]
- Head Start of Kent County
- Great Start Readiness Program / Early On / Bright Beginnings
- MDE Early Childhood Special Education