California Connected by 25: Efforts to Address the K-12 Educational Needs of Transitioning Foster Youth

California Connected by 25: Efforts to Address the K-12 Educational Needs of Transitioning Foster Youth
January 9, 2009 Stuart Foundation

The California Connected by 25 Initiative (CC25I) is a collaborative effort of five foundations to improve the life prospects of youth transitioning out of foster care in California.  Counties participating in CC25I aim to improve policies, programs and outcomes for transition-age foster youth in seven focus areas: K-12 Education; Employment/Job Training/Post-Secondary Education; Financial Competency and Asset Development; Housing; Independent Living Skills Programs; Personal/Social Asset Development; and Permanency.  Four counties – Fresno, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Stanislaus Counties – are early implementers of the initiative.

This report documents the Initiative’s progress made in the area of K-12 Education by each of the early implementing counties.  K-12 education is a high priority because objectives and outcomes in this focus area interact with efforts in other CC25I focus areas such as permanency and post-secondary education and employment.