Welcome to The Kids In Transition Program

The Granite Falls School District 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, or 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 out of district commute is feasible and in the best interest of the student. Last year, Granite Falls School District served over 225 homeless students at some time during the school year.

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, or 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 and emergency shelters.
Abandoned in hospitals.
Cars, train stations, public spaces, parks, abandoned buildings, and other substandard housing.
Migrant children, runaways, throwaways (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.

Please contact Granite Falls School District if you are homeless, or you know someone who is experiencing homelessness.

District Homeless Liaison
Sara Woolverton
swoolverton@gfalls.wednet.edu
360-691-7717

McKinney-Vento Success Coordinators
Liz Rekow-Panagos
lrekow@gfalls.wednet.edu
360-283-4013