Welcome to The Kids In Transition Program

  • As of Monday, March 16th, all schools in our region are currently closed and operating remotely.

    Here are some helpful resources during this extended time of school closure (also refer to other links on the page).

    Helpful Resources for all EPS families: a compilation of the most requested help during the Closures.

    Snohomish County COVID-19 Resources (reposted from the County Website)

    Washington State COVID-19 guide for you and your family

    You can find meals for students and anyone under 18, at no cost in our region by following these links:

    Snohomish County School Districts are Offering Meals at no cost for Children at many locations

    King County School Districts are Offering Meals at no cost for Children at many locations

    Skagit County School Districts are Offering Meals at no cost for Children at many locations

    Cold Weather Shelters: usually open when temperatures are expected to be below freezing (under 32 degrees F) overnight

    Snohomish County Safe Place: Under 24 years old? Get Help 24/7 by calling or texting 425-877-5171 or email safeplace@cocoonhouse.org. Cocoon House can help you figure out the next steps. Help for any youth through 24.

    Api Chaya assists finding safe options quickly for survivors of domestic violence.

    The best way to connect with support staff in the school district during this time will be via email. Staff may also be checking their voicemail messages and be able to return your calls Click Here for a Staff Directory.

    To stay up to date with announcements in our district, please visit the communications department page.

    For shelter and housing resources, start by calling 2-1-1 and also contact your school's KIT Liaison.

    Who is my school's KIT Liaison? Click here to find out or contact the KIT Office.

    What is the KIT Program?

    The EveretGirl with books & bookbag t Public Schools KIT (Kids In Transition) program implements the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act.

    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act of 1987 provides support for homeless children and youth to continue their education without interruption or barriers. If your family is homeless, or if you are in a temporary living situation due to economic circumstances, your preschool-aged and school-aged children have certain rights or protections under federal law.

    The Kids in Transition, or KIT, program supports students who qualify as homeless under federal McKinney-Vento legislation. Students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence may qualify. The Kids in Transition program works to eliminate barriers to students’ academic success and extra-curricular participation. We ensure homeless students have school supplies and provide tutoring or facilitate student participation in extended day or summer school classes. We help students participate in activities such as sports or clubs by paying required fees. KIT provides transportation for eligible students to maintain school stability, as long as the commute is feasible. Last year, Everett Public Schools served over 1,100 homeless students at some time during the school year. For more information, please contact Amy Perusse at 425-385-4032.

    Who Qualifies?

     A child or youth is considered homeless and qualifies for services when he or she lacks a nighttime residence that is fixed, regular, and adequate.

    This may include the following:

    Sharing housing due to economic hardship, loss of housing, or a similar reason.

    Living in motels, campgrounds, trailer parks, or similar locations due to lack of alternative, adequate accommodations.

    Transitional housing (a program going from homeless to independent living usually within 24 months).
    Staying in an emergency shelter.

    Children and youth abandoned in hospitals.

    Living in cars, train stations, public spaces, parks, abandoned buildings, and other substandard housing.

    Runaway youth, or children whose parent will not permit them to live at home.

    Unaccompanied youth who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian and also meet the McKinney-Vento definition of homeless.
    Migratory children and youth who are living in one of the above situations.

    Contact Everett Public Schools if you are homeless or know someone who is experiencing homelessness.

    Dr. Chad Golden, Director, Categorical Programs

    Amy Perusse, McKinney-Vento (KIT) Coordinator