Every year the I-KAN Regional Office of Education provides school kits, hygiene kits and backpacks to homeless students through McKinney Vento funds. Pictured are the I-KAN Homeless liaisons from each district receiving supplies for their homeless youth. The services are provided in each of the 19 school districts within the I-KAN region.
The Illinois State Board of Education places a high priority on the needs of homeless youth in Illinois. This funding is based on district enrollment, attendance and the unique needs of homeless children. It is the policy of the Illinois State Board of Education that every homeless child and youth be sensitively identified as required by the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Annually, the I-KAN Regional Office of Education provides services to more than 400 youth who are identified as homeless.
McKinney-Vento funding allows area districts to create a safe and nurturing environment for students who may be experiencing difficulties beyond the school doors. For more information, you can contact Libby Wilken at 815-937-2950.