Welcome to The Kids In Transition Program

  • KIT Kids in Transition Logo

    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.

    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. Students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence may qualify. KIT 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 the 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 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.
    • 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.

    Button Image  Find out if you are eligible for additional support through the KIT program by completing this housing survey

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

    Dr. Chad Golden, Director of Categorical Programs and McKinney-Vento/Foster Care Liaison for Everett Public Schools
    KIT Office
    Amy Perusse, McKinney-Vento (KIT) Coordinator
    Gina Key, Lisa Samaniego, KIT Administrative Assistants
    425-385-4032 KIT Office Phone
    425-407-2490 KIT Cell (call or text)

    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. 

    Listen/Download the PSA recording here!

    Videos to learn more:

     Do You See the Child Experiencing Homelessness?


    Elmo's Message