Southern California Program

National Center for Youth Law

Education
Los Angeles, CA
$500,000
December 2017

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) is a nonprofit law firm that works to transform public systems serving vulnerable children so they can thrive.  A three-year grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation will support FosterEd, an initiative to improve the academic, social emotional, and behavioral outcomes of foster youth.  FosterEd will implement a multi-agency systems improvement framework in partnership with three school districts in the Antelope Valley region of Los Angeles County and several county-level partners – the Departments of Children and Family Services and Probation, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Juvenile Court, the County Office of Child Protection, and the Education Coordinating Council.  The project will test and implement high-quality, evidence-based interventions to meet the specialized needs of approximately 480 foster youth and provide targeted support to approximately 360 youth that address emergent needs to improve enrollment, attendance, graduation and school stability.  This project will also include the design and execution of systems-level practices to improve cross-agency collaboration using data to more proactively identify and respond to early warning signs of educational disengagement for all 5,000 foster youth in the region.  FosterEd will also develop and distribute model policies and other resources to support the effective implementation of federal, state and regional legislation passed over the last three years.  FosterED expects the public sector, including the school districts, to sustain the project once proof of principle is established.

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