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Education of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Your child has the right to:
  • Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have
    lived there;

  • Stay in the school that he or she was attending before becoming homeless, or the school he or she last attended, if that is your choice and it is feasible;

  • Enroll in school immediately, even if you do not have all the paperwork, such as your child’s school or medical records;

  • Access the same special programs and services that are provided to other children, including special education, migrant education and vocational education;

  • Receive the same public education that is provided to other children, including preschool. (Your child cannot be separated from the mainstream school environment because he or she is homeless. He or she cannot be segregated in a separate
    school or separate settings within a school).

If your child is assigned to a school not of your choosing, the school district must explain its decision in writing.

You have the right to appeal the district’s decision regarding the school to which your child has been assigned. Your child has the right to go to the school of your choice while the dispute is being resolved.

Please call 614-365-5140 for more information.

Operating funds are made available through a grant from the Ohio Department of Education and the Columbus City Schools Title I allocation.

Information and Resources

Coalition on Homelessness and Housing (COHHIO)

www.cohhio.org 614.280.1984

LAU Resource Center for English as a Second Language (ESL) Bilingual and Multicultural Education

www.education.ohio.gov 614.466.9827

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)


National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

www.nlchp.org 202.638.2535

SERVE Improving Learning through Research and Development



U.S. Department of Education

www.ed.gov 800.USA.LEARN

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