Foster Youth Education Toolkit
A step-by-step guide to improving education outcomes for children in foster care is now available for California schools, focused on the most critical areas of need for foster youth. Known as the Foster Youth Education Toolkit, the guide is designed to assist school districts in meeting the promise of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), ensuring foster youth receive the full benefits of laws designed to protect them. LCFF marks the first time any state has included foster youth in its school accountability and funding systems, and focuses much needed attention on improving education outcomes of foster youth. The Toolkit provides comprehensive information on the education rights of foster youth along with step-by-step procedures and easy-to-use implementation tools to help districts engage in best practices when educating foster youth.
In October 2016 we released the 3rd edition of the toolkit. This new-and-improved version of our much-loved Education Toolkit includes in-depth discussion of the trauma-related needs of youth in foster care. Other new features include sections about using data to improve foster youth education programs, youth and community engagement, LCFF and early childhood education, appropriately transferring students to continuation schools, and enforcement of education rights for foster youth. In conjunction with this release we also announced the topics of and opened registration for our Fall 2016 Webinar Series.