Services for Students Experiencing Homelessness

  • The McKinney-Vento Act is the federal law developed to make certain that every child of a homeless individual and every homeless youth has access to the same free, appropriate public education, including preschool education, as other children and youth. The law seeks to remove any barriers created by other laws, regulations, practices, and policies that might keep children experiencing homelessness from receiving the same educational experience.

    Students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence are eligible for services guaranteed under the McKinney-Vento Act.


District 109 Homeless Liaison

  • Every Local Education Agency (LEA) is required by law to designate a local liaison for children and youth experiencing homelessness. District 109's Homeless Liaison serves as the primary contact between homeless families and school staff along with other service providers. The liaison also works to make sure that homeless children and youth enroll in school and have the opportunity to succeed academically. The Liaison ensures that students' rights are protected and that the district fulfills its responsibilities under the McKinney-Vento Act. Please contact the Homeless Liaison for more information on services provided by District 109.

    Ali Chroman
    District Social Worker
    847-948-0620 x5156 

    Joanna Ford
    Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
    847-945-1844 x7229