McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Education Program

The purpose of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Education Program is to ensure that all children and youth have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education, including preschool education as non-homeless children and youth.  To ensure the success of all students, the Riverside County Office of Education assists in developing and implementing policies and procedures for the education of homeless children and youths across Riverside County.  The program takes a collaborative approach by providing technical assistance to district homeless liaisons, social services agencies, and community-based organizations.

The McKinney-Vento Act is still fully in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic and the expectation is many new families and youth will fall into homelessness due to the economic crisis, with many urgent needs. It is imperative that McKinney-Vento liaisons continue their work in the identification, enrollment, and connection to services for homeless students.

Definition of Homeless

The term homeless children and youth means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.  This definition also includes:

  • Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
  • Children who may be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, shelter, or awaiting foster care placement.
  • Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
  • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above.
  • Children and youth living in these settings meet criteria for the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness and have educational rights.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison Roster

Alvord USD
Sandy Fielding, Director*
(951) 509-5139

Banning USD
Barbara Wolford*
(951) 922-0224

Beaumont USD
Domenica Bernauer*
(951) 845-1631 x5345

Coachella Valley USD
Norma Rodriguez*
(760) 848-1156

Corona-Norco USD
Dr. John Pablo Sanchez*
(951) 736-5178

Desert Center USD
Susan Scott*

Desert Sands USD
Larry Bellanich *
(760) 771-8612

Hemet USD
Dennis Massey*
(951) 765-5100 x3700

Jurupa USD
Olga Alferez*
(951) 360-4140

Lake Elsinore USD
Dr. Steve Behar *
(951) 253-7033

Menifee SD
Caroline Luke*
(951) 672-1851 x49050

Moreno Valley USD
Dr. Lynne Sheffield*

Murrieta Valley USD
Howard Dimler*
(951) 696-1600 ext 1037

Nuview Union SD
Dr. Jennie LaBriola*
(951) 928-0201

Palm Springs USD
Dr. Anne Kalisek*
(760) 883-2703×4805101

Palo Verde USD
Judith Browder*
(760) 922-4164

Perris Union HSD
Robert Brough*
(951) 943-6369×81202

Perris Elementary SD
Michelle Ruffolo*
(951) 940-4942

Riverside USD
Raul Ayala*
(951) 352-8497

Michelle Wise*
(951) 926-9244 x1229

San Jacinto
Dr. Karen Kirschinger*
(951) 929-7700 X4291

Temecula Valley USD
Kimberly Velez*
(951) 506-7083

Val Verde USD
Troy Knudsvig*
(951) 940-6100 x 10471

* Single Point of Contact