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Foster Care Education: Improving Educational Outcomes for Children and Youth

This program, established in 2012, is dedicated to ensuring that students in foster care are achieving academically through course completion, advancing to the next grade, accruing credits toward graduation, and on a path to post secondary success. These efforts are being organized by the State Coordinator for Foster Care Education, who is leading this work.  It was launched in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Morgridge Family Foundation, and Mile High United Way.

Foster Care Program Overview


Every Transition Counts for Students in Foster Care -

3-minute video on the importance of educational stability, Colorado partnerships, and previously released research on educational outcomes for students in foster care.  The video was developed with support from the U.S. Dept. of Education. Click here to view video

School District CWEL Designation Information

Under C.R.S. 22-32-138, each school district and the state charter school institute, shall designate a person to act as the Child Welfare Education Liaison (CWEL) for the district. The duties of the liaison include; working with child placement agencies, county departments, and the state department to facilitate the prompt and appropriate placement, transfer, and enrollment in school of students in out-of-home placement.

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Legislation and Guidance

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Resources and Links

Training Opportunities

  • Foster Care Continuum (FCC) Coffee Talk
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This is an opportunity for CWEL’s to learn what is new around foster care education and to talk with each other about current successes and barriers in a collaborative way. Each month a different location around the metro area has been chosen. Come to one or come to all. Breakfast or lunch will be on your own but this will provide us a venue to get together face to face for 2 hours each month. See dates and locations below. RSVP at the event bright hyperlink below, so we can assure we have enough space for everyone who plans to attend.

More to come soon!




  • Foster Care Webinar "Back to School"
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What is my role as the LEA’s Child Welfare Education Liaison (CWEL)? This webinar will provide an overview of Foster Care and Education in Colorado. It will review both federal and local legislation that was created to protect the educational rights of students in foster care. This is an expanded 101 on the roles and responsibility of the CWEL. Ideal for any new CWEL, but a great refresher for current CWEL’s as well.

Click here for a link to the recording.



Contact Information

Foster Care Education contact:

Kristen Myers
Phone: 303-866-6007

Mailing Address

Colorado Department of Education
201 E Colfax
Denver, CO 80203

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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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