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Students In Transition

Healthy Start - students in transition (SIT)

Students in Transition are children, youth and families that find themselves homeless. Healthy Start performs at length interviews to identify families who lack adequate housing.

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youths as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition also includes;

  • Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason

  • Children and youths who may be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, shelters

  • Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings

  • Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings, or

  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above

  • Unaccompanied Youth; includes a child or youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian

Rights of Eligible Children and Youth: 

  • Immediate School Enrollment, Transportation, Academic Access and Success (This includes free school meals and supports for academic success)


Healthy Start Referral Form

Students in Transition (Brochure of Services): English / Spanish

Additional Services: backpacks, school supplies, CalFresh enrollment/ renewal, clothing/ uniform assistance, assistance with completing forms, family advocacy & case management, shelter search assistance

Information & Referral: Medical, Dental, Counseling, Housing, Educational Programs and Food. 

Health Insurance Enrollment: Healthy Start Registration Technicians have been trained as Certified Enrollment Counselors and as such enroll families without insurance; assist families with their insurance renewal; and help families with insurance questions. (Medi-Cal and Covered California) 

County Office of Education Offices


Santa Cruz County Office of Education               Phone: 831-466-5710 

Monterey County Office of Education                 Phone: 831-755-0300