Homeless Children and Youth

Homeless Children Poster in English

The Board of Education is responsible for locating, identifying and educating homeless children and youth found within the Twin Cedars Community School District.

"Homeless child or youth" as a child or youth from the age of 3 years through 21 years who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes the following:

1. A child or youth who is sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; is living in a motel, hotel, trailer park, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; is living in an emergency or transitional shelter; is abandoned in a hospital; or is awaiting foster care placement;

2. A child or youth who has 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;

3. A child or youth who is living in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station, or similar setting; or

4. A migratory child or youth who qualifies as homeless because the child or youth is living in circumstances described in paragraphs "1" through "3" above.


The Twin Cedars Community School District will make available to homeless children and youth all services and assistance including, but not limited to, compensatory education, special education, ELL, vocational courses or programs, programs for the gifted and talented, health services, transportation, and food and nutrition programs on the same basis as those services provided to resident students.

Local Contact

Julie Sytsma


2204 HWY G71, Bussey IA 50044

Telephone: (641) 944-5241

Fax: (641) 944-5225

State Contact

Carolyn Cobb


400 E. 14th Street Des MoinesIowa50319-0146

Telephone: (515) 402-2736

Fax: (515) 402-2736