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Educational Experiences of Youth with Disabilities in Foster Care

Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare: 2nd in a series of policy briefs. Youth with disabilities are overrepresented in the population of youth in the child welfare system. It is well documented that young people in foster care are at a disadvantage in their educational experiences, due both to their past experiences with physical and emotional trauma, as well as to challenges in both the child welfare and educational systems. Placement changes lead to high rates of academic mobility, which leads to disruption in the school routine and relationships with teachers, other students, and school personnel. This Policy Brief describes three issues and offers solutions with references to relevant studies.

●   Isolation in Special Education Settings for Youth with Disabilities in Foster Care

●   Education Mobility & Attendance

●   Graduation and Drop-Out Rates

Link to pdf Policy Brief

Developmental Screening in Children: Web Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics: Bright Futures
Bright Futures provides recommendations for preventive pediatric healthcare.

Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH): The CHAMACOS Study
Parent education on preventing environmental exposures to toxic substances is available in the “health professionals” section.

National Head Start Association
Head Start provides a range of comprehensive education, health, nutrition, parent involvement, and family support services to serve primarily at-risk children and their families.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
NECTAC provides contact information for state Part C coordinators and other early childhood resources.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
NICHCY provides information on disabilities, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), No Child Left Behind, and research-based information on effective educational practices.

Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with medical providers to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.