Welcome to The Kids In Transition Program
The Everett Public Schools Kids in Transition (KIT) 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. The definition for McKinney-Vento support is far more inclusive than what most people think when they think of "homeless." Please review this information to understand more.
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.
KIT supports students who qualify as homeless under federal McKinney-Vento legislation. Eligibility is based on the student's nighttime residence and is far more inclusive than what many consider homeless. Students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence may qualify. KIT works to eliminate barriers to students’ enrollment, academic success, and extra-curricular participation. We ensure eligible students have school supplies and may coordinate academic support, 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 the required fees. KIT may coordinate transportation for eligible students to maintain school stability, as long as the commute is feasible. Last year, Everett Public Schools supported over 1,100 eligible students at some time during the school year. For more information, please contact your building's KIT support staff or Amy Perusse at the KIT office 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, or who are staying with friends or relatives because their parents do not have stable housing, or are unable to care for them.
- Living in cars, RVs, boats, train stations, public spaces, parks, abandoned buildings, and other transient or 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.
- Those who are coming out of one of the above situations and have moved to their own place after the school year started, are eligible through the end of the school year that they moved into stable housing.
Find out if you are eligible for additional support through the KIT program by completing this housing survey.
Contact Everett Public Schools if you or someone you know is experiencing unstable housing.KIT Staff by building (click to find your best contact)KIT Team at the District Office
Amy Perusse, McKinney-Vento (KIT) CoordinatorAbby Mayers, Family & Community Engagement Coordinator
425-385-4032 KIT Office Phone425-407-2490 KIT Cell (call or text)Chris Fulford, Director of Categorical Programs and McKinney-Vento/Foster Care Liaison for Everett Public Schools
Spanish McKinney-Vento Public Service Announcement
Below is a 30 second audio file between two Spanish speaking individuals about recently lost housing. This message is designed to help families experiencing homelessness know their options.
Videos to learn more: