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Foster Care Education: Improving Educational Outcomes for Children and Youth

This new program 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 new State Coordinator for Foster Care Education, who will be leading this work. This position was created in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Morgridge Family Foundation, and Mile High United Way.

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What's New?

Read the New Study on Graduation and Dropout Rates for Colorado Students in Foster Care: 5-Year Trend Analysis

A new report from CDE and the Department of Human Services shows that the majority of Colorado’s students in foster care are not graduating from high school. Just 27.5 percent of public school foster care students in the class of 2013 graduated on time, compared with 77 percent of all students.

A deeper look at five years of data by the University of Northern Colorado found persistent problems. View the UNC Report.

We are excited to announce the recording and power point of the Improving the Educational Outcomes for Children and Youth in Colorado’s Child Welfare System.

           If you would like to review this electronic recording of the data please click here.  


Resources and Guidance for Professionals to Improve Foster Students' Education and Well-being

To assist State and local efforts in addressing the educational needs of children in foster care, the United States Department of Education and Health and Human Services has developed resources and guidance designed to support educators, child welfare professionals, and others in their work to improve the educational outcomes and well-being for students in foster care.

A dedicated Web page, Students in Foster Care, is now active on ED’s Web site. This Web page provides information on relevant laws, guidance, and technical assistance materials related to educational support for students in foster care.

View a letter to all State School Officers and Child Welfare Directors

 

Program Contact

Sheree Wheeler
Phone: (303) 866-6007
Mobile: (303) 501-4031
E-mail: Wheeler_S@cde.state.co.us

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