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California's Partial Credit Model Policy: Improving the Educational Outcomes of Foster Youth
This manual from the California School Boards Association and the California Department of Social Services provides a guide for school districts and child welfare agencies on how to help ensure that foster youth are able to earn credits for school work despite challenges associated with high residential or school mobility. The lessons learned are applicable to support other highly mobile student groups, including homeless and migrant students.
Download California's Partial Credit Model Policy: Improving the Educational Outcomes of Foster Youth.
Date posted: 2/17/17
Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Supportive Housing
This tool, developed collaboratively by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Corporation for Supportive Housing, is designed to help supportive services and property management staff create environments and supportive services that are safe and developmentally appropriate for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The tool includes recommendations and information on how the physical spaces, programming, supportive services, policies and procedures, and staff can support early childhood safety and development.
Download the Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Supportive Housing.
Date posted: 2/13/17

Success for Homeless and Foster Youth in Higher Education Act: Louisiana House Bill 906
This 2016 Louisiana law requires public post-secondary institutions within the state to designate a homeless and foster student liaison within its financial aid office. It also allows public post-secondary institutions within the state to grant resident status to homeless students and priority for student housing to homeless and foster students.
View the Success for Homeless and Foster Youth in Higher Education Act.
Date posted: 1/25/17

Delaware Relative Caregivers' School Authorization Affidavit
This form from Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) may be used to authorize the enrollment of a minor in school by grandparents and other relatives who are raising another relative's child without having legal custody or guardianship. Other states may wish to use this form as a guide for developing their own caregiver affidavit.
Download the affidavit.
Date posted: 1/24/17

California Courts: Caregiver's Authorization Affidavit
This form from the California Courts may be used to authorize the enrollment of a minor in school and authorize school-related medical care. Other states may wish to use this form as a guide for developing their own caregiver affidavit.
Download the affidavit.
Date posted: 1/24/17

HUD Point-In-Time Count Implementation Tools
The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is an annual count of people experiencing homelessness on a single night in the last 10 days in January. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires its Continuum of Care (CoC) grantees to conduct an annual count of sheltered homeless persons. CoCs also must conduct a count of unsheltered homeless persons every other year (odd numbered years). Each count is planned, coordinated, and carried out locally by service providers and trained volunteers. This HUD webpage provides a variety of resources for planning and conducting the annual PIT count, including planning worksheets, survey tools, and data extrapolation tools.
Visit the HUD Point-In-Time Count Implementation Tools webpage.
Date posted: 1/19/17

Educational Stability for Children and Youth in Foster Care: Resources from the Child Welfare Information Gateway
This webpage from the federally-funded Child Welfare Information Gateway includes a variety of resources to assist states, school districts, child welfare agencies, and their partners with implementing the new ESSA Title I, Part A provisions related to educational stability for students in foster care. Resources include federal communications, topical webpages, and sample tools from states and localities across the country.
Visit the Educational Stability for Children and Youth in Foster Care webpage.
Date posted: 1/19/17

Educational Stability for Students in Foster Care under ESSA: Resources from the Legal Center on Foster Care and Education
This webpage from the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education includes a variety of resources to assist states, school districts, child welfare agencies, and their partners with implementing the new ESSA Title I, Part A provisions related to educational stability for students in foster care. Resources include an implementation checklist, archived webinars, and a comprehensive state implementation toolkit.
Visit the Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care under ESSA webpage.
Date posted: 1/19/17
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