Evidence to Action
About the brief:
PolicyLab announces the release of our latest Evidence to Action brief, Improving Education Outcomes for Children in Child Welfare. This brief presents data from the longitudinal Children’s Stability and Well-Being study (CSAW), which followed a cohort of children ages 5-8 years who entered a foster care placement between 2006 and 2008. It also identifies related systems recommendations as part of PolicyLab’s ongoing efforts to improve school success for children involved with child welfare, and for all children served by public systems.
The key educational findings in the brief include:
- Educational instability is high for all children in child welfare, both in foster care placement and when children are receiving in-home services. On average, children were absent from school 5 weeks per year and attended 2.7 schools over 2 years.
- System-level barriers impede children’s achievement of positive education outcomes.
The key policy recommendations in the brief include:
- Promote real-time data sharing and communication across systems to support collaborative, child-level case management.
- Systematically track and respond to school absences, suspensions, and behavioral health issues.
- Integrate the delivery of educational, child welfare, and behavioral health services.
Download a copy of the Evidence to Action brief.
To learn more about the CSAW quantitative analysis and findings, click here and read the 1-page study brief.
To learn more about the CSAW qualitative analysis and findings, click here and read the 1-page study brief.