Kataira Smith

McKinney-Vento District Liaison




The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.

Defining Homeless
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." The act provides examples of children who would fall under this definition:

  • Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason

  • Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations

  • Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters

  • Children and youth abandoned in hospitals

  • Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc)

  • Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations

  • Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situation

For more information please visit the OSPI website.

C-Tran's free Youth Opportunity Passes available for students

Clark County's public transportation service provider, C-Tran, offers students free transportation passes through their Youth Opportunity Pass program. This program is available to all middle school and high school students enrolled in the Ridgefield School District.

If your family would like to take advantage of this program, please complete this Consent Form and return it to Assistant Director of SEL. Kataira Smith. It can be emailed to or dropped off at the RACC at 510 Pioneer Street in downtown Ridgefield.