Project ACT (Assisting Children in Transition) serves families who move frequently, live in a motel room or shelter, live doubled up with friends or family, stay in a campground or recreational vehicle, or live in their car and works to assist the needs of homeless students and families. This program helps families with enrollment, transferring school records, backpacks and school supplies, hygiene items, assistance with transportation to and from the school of origin, uniforms and fees, access to special programs like pre-school, Twilight, or other remedial and enrichment educational programs, and referrals to community resources that assist with food, shelter and clothing.
Project ACT staff are available to assist homeless parents and unaccompanied youth with immediate enrollment in school, helping obtain records from previous schools, referring to clinics to update shot records, accessing (when appropriate) special programs like special education, gifted and talented, English language learners, Indian Education, Title I, tutoring, and after-school and preschool programs, including Head Start.
Project ACT may provide school supplies like backpacks, binders, paper, pencils, rulers, crayons, colored pencils, etc., so students can participate and be successful in school. The program may also provide hygiene items like soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, laundry detergent, etc. so that a lack of basic hygiene or clean clothes are not barriers to attending school.
Project ACT can provide information on local resources for food, shelter and clothing, and can refer homeless children to medical, dental and vision services.
President Bush signed into law the No Child Left behind Act of 2001, which reauthorizes the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) and went into effect July 1, 2002. The act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness and is intended to facilitate the enrollment, attendance and success in school of homeless children and youth as well as to ensure these children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to all others. A summary of amendments and a copy of the legislation is available at:
Our community has many families in need. If you are interested in helping with Project ACT please contact the Project ACT Homeless Liaison.