Homeless Children and Youth

Students in Transition Program for Homeless Children and Youth

The Students in Transition (SIT) Program originated through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act. Reauthorized under the Every Studen Succeeds Act (ESSA), this law protects homeless students, mandating equal access to educational programs and services.

Who are Homeless Children and Youth?

Eligible children and youth are students who lack a permanent, stable, and adequate place to sleep at night. This can include students who are living in a shelter, hotel, tent, camper or car, students that are "doubled-up" with extended family members of friends because of financial difficulty,or loss of housing, students who are couch-surfing, and those in "substandard" housing. Students may be part of a larger family unit that is homeless, or may be unaccompanied youth (youth living in a previously stated situation with without a parent or legal guardian).

What can the Students in Transition Program provide?

  • Immediate School Enrollment
  • Free school meal benefits
  • Transportation to and from school
  • School Supplies
  • Assistance in obtaining vital records
  • Referrals to local social service agencies and public programs

Why participate?

Students who don't have stable housing face special challenges when it comes to school success. It is hard to learn if you are worried about your next meal, about staying warm at night, or about where you'll be sleeping next. Students who frequently change schools or are frequently absent lose out on valuable learning time and often fall behind their peers.

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For more information on the SIT Program or to see if you qualify, please contact your local liaison. Homeless Liaisons can help students and families access supports and services to address these challenges.

Kelly King 
Students in Transition Program Liaison - Serving Central Peninsula, Seward and Tyonek schools

Phone: 907.714.8869
Fax: 907.262.6354


Robin McAllistar
Students in Transition Program Liaison - Serving Southern Peninsula and Ninilchik schools
Robin McAllistar

Phone: 907.235-4664