FosterEd improves the educational outcomes of students in foster care or on probation. We develop and implement pilot programs to ensure each student has an educational champion: a caring adult that plays the role of an informed parent in that child's life. We use the lessons learned in our demonstration sites to inform system-level change on behalf of students in the foster care and probation systems.

Policy Work

Local Control Funding Formula

February 18, 2015
California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is a groundbreaking law passed in 2013, that changed the way education is funded in the state. LCFF increases local flexibility in spending education dollars while increasing accountability, particularly for improving the educational outcomes of designated student sub-groups. LCFF…

Foster Youth Services

February 18, 2015
Foster Youth Services (FYS) programs provide supplemental educational services and supports to foster children in California.  Nearly two-thirds of the state’s foster children are ineligible for these services which are limited to foster students in institutional placements. NCYL is working on legislative solutions to expand…

Latest News

Two bills authored by O’Donnell await governor’s signature - Signal Tribune

September 1, 2016
Two bills authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) to assist youth have won approval from the State Legislature this week. Legislation ensuring foster youth can attain their educational and economic goals passed the Legislature Aug. 30. AB 2656 waives the high school proficiency exam…