Key Principles

The Education Barriers Project guides its work around 3 principles.

School stability strengthens placement stability.

School stability strengthens placement stability.

School stability strengthens placement stability and often speeds permanency for children and families.

School success guides life success.

School success guides life success.

Focusing on the full educational experience (including needs and supports) improves school and life outcomes.

Collaboration is key to supporting students in foster care.

Collaboration is key to supporting students in foster care.

Child welfare agencies, schools, and courts must work together to create a support network for students in foster care.

Project Overview

Our 1-page flyer pulls together project principles, goals, and key components in one easy reference.

How the Project Helps

The Education Barriers project helps jurisdictions identify and address the education needs of children in foster care through the following steps:

Identify strengths and challenges

Identify strengths and challenges

Identify strengths and challenges child welfare agency, education, and court systems experience supporting education success for children in care.

Develop strategies, practices, and policies

Develop strategies, practices, and policies

Develop the tools to address challenges and improve education success for children in care.

Provide targeted technical assistance

Provide targeted technical assistance

Learn how to address education needs and work collaboratively with educators, child welfare staff, and the legal community.

Collaborate on a long-term reform strategy

Collaborate on a long-term reform strategy

Build the infrastructure to address barriers and needs and implement reforms.

Project Components

Download detailed information on key project components and action steps.

Meet the Education Team

Project members have extensive experience addressing education for children in foster care.