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Education Support Center

Helping children and youth in DHS care achieve their fullest academic potential.

About

We work with the School District to prevent disruptions to a child's education when they are placed in DHS care. We also identify and remove educational barriers for children in the child welfare system.

Our Education Support Center representatives, known as ESC liaisons, address education-related problems a student in DHS care may be having, including:

  • Academic problems.
  • Truancy.
  • Transportation to and from school.
  • Support for children with special needs.

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How we help children and youth

The Education Support Center (ESC) supports the educational needs of children and youth involved with DHS from kindergarten to college. The ESC priorities are to:

  • Maintain the education stability of children in DHS care.
  • Work with the School District to prevent school moves and any other disruptions to a child's education when in placement.

ESC liaisons:

  • Help identify and remove other educational barriers for children in the child welfare system.
  • Address any academic problems a student in DHS care may be having, whether it is trouble with reading, truancy, or getting to school.

For older children and youth in the care of DHS, the ESC can:

  • Work with the School District and the child's service providers to serve the needs of children in DHS care.
  • Coordinate transportation to school when necessary.
  • Work with students to reduce truancy.
  • Provide job training.
  • Help college students overcome barriers.

ESC also helps families that are struggling with:

  • Academic challenges and special needs.
  • Discipline and behavioral concerns.

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