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Sense of Urgency

National research shows that children in foster care are at high-risk of dropping out of school and are unlikely to attend and graduate from college. The rates of suicide, homelessness, unemployment and teen pregnancy are above average for foster care youth and young adults. There is an urgent need for schools, child welfare agencies, communities and families to pull together to provide the opportunities, specialized services and supports that students in foster care need to be successful in school and in life.

Purpose

The purpose of the Foster Care Education Program is to ensure that students in foster care are successful in school and life. The focus is on course completion, advancing to the next grade, accruing credits toward graduation, and on a path to postsecondary success.

Action

This program is designed to work with schools and districts to increase learning supports, implement effective strategies, and strengthen partnerships with child welfare and community agencies and coordinate educational transition services. It includes collaboration with the courts, state agencies and child advocacy groups. It will take commitment, leadership and coordinated efforts for each student in foster care to have an academic home and be successful in school.

Our Framework for Success:

  • Laws and Legislation
    • Guidance on federal and state legislation that defines the rights of students in foster care
  • Dedicated Resources
    • A State Coordinator for Foster Care Education
    • Training and ongoing professional development for Child Welfare Education Liaisons in local
      education agencies, county caseworkers, (GAL) Guardian ad Litems, court personnel, and
      judges
  • Coordinated Response
    • Outreach and public awareness
    • School District Pilot Programs to increase supports and coordination of services with county
      child welfare agencies
    • Sharing and tracking data on outcomes
  • Addressing the Top Educational Barriers
    • Transportation to school and academic enrichment activities
    • Transitions due to changes in schools and homes
    • Transfer of transcripts and student records with each move

Program Documents

The following documents provide an overview of the program:

Program Contact

Sheree Conyers
Phone: (303) 561-2192
Mobile: (303) 501-4031
E-mail: Conyers_S@cde.state.co.us

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Fax: 303-830-0793
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