Foster Youth Education Toolkit

A step-by-step guide to meeting education challenges and improving outcomes for children and youth in foster care and on probation is now available for California schools.

Featuring expanded and new sections on:

  • trauma-related needs of youth
  • using data to improve foster youth education programs
  • youth and community engagement
  • LCFF and early childhood education
  • appropriately transferring students out of comprehensive schools
  • enforcement of education rights for foster youth


The Foster Youth Education Toolkit 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 and write thoughtful and effective Local Control Accountability Plans for educating foster youth.

The toolkit covers Education Rights Holders, School Stability, Immediate Enrollment, California’s Partial Credit Model Policy, AB 167/216 Graduation, Trauma, and AB 379 Uniform Complaints, among many other topics.

Detailed trainings are available on each of these topics in the form of recorded webinars.


Court Companion to the Foster Youth Education Toolkit

This Companion to the Foster Youth Education Toolkit is designed to assist Education Rights Holders, Social Workers, Probation Officers, Attorneys for Youth, Attorneys for Parents, Attorneys for County Placing Agencies, and Judges protect the education rights of foster and probation youth. 

Featuring guides and tools for:

  • Education Rights Holder
  • Children’s Social Worker
  • Probation Officer
  • Attorney for Youth
  • Attorney for Parent
  • Attorney for County Placing Agency
  • Judge

The Court Companion to the Foster Youth Education Toolkit includes checklists for each of these parties, which gather all the best practices on key education topics that impact youth in care into role-specific reference tools, featuring sample minute order language for judges and sample court report language for social workers and probation officers. The Court Companion follows the same model as the original toolkit, offering comprehensive information on the education rights of foster/probation youth along with step-by-step procedures and easy-to-use implementation tools.


What’s New?

+ Report on School Stability in California

The Alliance is currently developing a Report on School Stability in California (expected publication in early 2020) which reviews the available Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans across the entire state to fund transportation to school of origin for foster youth. Sign up below to receive the latest updates as they are available.

+ A Best Practices Guide created by The Alliance’s Foster Youth Learning Network

The Alliance’s Foster Youth Learning Network (composed of foster youth and technology experts from the Alhambra, Azusa, Bonita, Long Beach, Pomona, and West Covina Unified School Districts) is creating a Best Practices Guide that can be used, alongside the Foster Youth Education Toolkit, to modify a district’s policies and practices to improve foster youth education outcomes.
Learn more about our network and see the huge progress made by our districts here.


Sign up below to receive the Best Practices Guides as soon as they are published and to receive invitations to webinars featuring our district participants.

+ Learn more about Alliance foster youth education experts in the news: 


Partial Credit Model Policy

As the model for what became the Toolkit, the Alliance worked collaboratively with partners across the state to help create California’s Partial Credit Model Policy, based in large part upon feedback we received from youth.