San Leandro

Unified School District



835 E. 14th Street, Suite 200
San Leandro, CA 94577
Phone: 510-667-3500
Fax: 510-667-6234

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About the McKinney- Vento Act 

The McKinney-Vento Act (MKV) is a Federal Law that breaks down barriers for children and youth experiencing    homelessness by providing immediate enrollment. It also ensures that children and youth under this act (MKV) have all the essentials to succeed in school. 

Possible reasons for qualifying:

The McKinney-Vento Act ensures that students who face housing instability and hardship have access to a free, appropriate and public education, despite the lack of a fixed living environment or a supervising parent or guardian. The term “housing instability” includes children and families living in:

  • Runaway youth shelters.
  • Hotels or motels.
  • Shelters or transitional housing, including domestic violence shelters and clean and sober living programs.
  • Cars, abandoned buildings, parks, on the street.
  • Campgrounds or inadequate trailer homes

These definitions apply for children/youth who are unaccompanied or with their parent/guardians.

If you are living in an unstable and irregular (homeless) situations please contact your District Liaison

Your local School District Liaison for the homeless:

If you are currently staying in a shelter, hotel, vehicle, living with others because you can’t find or afford housing, or if you are experiencing substandard living conditions, we may be able to help your children stay connected to school:

Valeria Rico – McKinney-Vento Liaison & Foster Care Point of Contact 

Phone: 510-667-6223


Your County Liaison for the homeless:

Elizabeth Tarango – Program Management for McKinney-Vento 510-670-7752

Your State Coordinator for the homeless:

Leanne Wheeler – State Coordinator, California Department of Education 1-866-856-8214 

2023-24 Mckinney-Vento Referral Form

If you would like to refer a student to the McKinney-Vento program, fill out the  2023- 2024 SLUSD McKinney- Vento Referral Form

Interested in donating? These items are always needed and gladly accepted:
*Gift cards 

*Shampoo, conditioner, soap
*Gently used or new jackets (especially larger jackets for teens)


Community Resources, Flyers and Presentations:

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How to Spot The Signs McKinney Vento

San Leandro Family Resource Center

Native American Health Center