For children and youth in foster care, changing foster homes may require changing schools. Going to a new school may cause interruptions to a child’s education due to delays in transferring records, assimilating to a new environment, and finding new transportation. Now, thanks to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED), there is new nonregulatory guidance to help school systems and child welfare agencies maintain educational stability for this vulnerable population.

In conjunction with the new guidance, Child Welfare Information Gateway just launched a new webpage, Educational Stability in Foster Care. This page offers a collection of resources, best practices, and state examples developed for child welfare and education professionals to use to support and improve the educational success of children and youth in foster care.

The Educational Stability in Foster Care page contains more than 40 resources that address common challenges, including immediate enrollment, collaboration among agencies, transportation, data sharing, and decision-making. The webpage also includes the ESSA nonregulatory guidance released by HHS and ED and a link to the Federal legislation.