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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

Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens

Every summer, hundreds of community sites across Colorado offer nutritious meals at no cost to children and teens. Many summer food sites also offer engaging activities to ensure kids have fun while also getting needed nutrition.

Colorado families can find nearby summer food sites by using the online, interactive map at, or by calling Hunger Free Colorado's statewide food resource hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626. Share this information with others in your community, so more Colorado kids can access healthy meals when school is not in session!

The statewide summer food program is supported by the USDA, Colorado Department of Education, Hunger Free Colorado, and many sponsors and sites across the state. (This institution is an equal opportunity provider.)

Foster Care Awareness Suitcase Drive was a Success!

In honor of foster care awareness month in May, the Foster Care Education Program at CDE hosted a suitcase drive for children and youth experiencing foster care. Children and youth often do not have access to suitcases in the event of an out-of-home placement. Thank you to the generous donors, 72 suitcases were collected and delivered to the Tennyson Center. Each suitcase will be given directly to a young person in foster care. Thank you to all who donated!  

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.

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 Webinar "Back to School"

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The Homeless Education and Foster Care Education Programs teamed up to host a Back to School webinar to provide the most up-to-date information on both programs.


Contact Information

Foster Care Education contact:

Kristin Myers
Phone: 303-866-6007

Mailing Address

Colorado Department of Education
201 E Colfax
Denver, CO 80203

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