National Center for Youth Law


Compassionate Education Systems: Antelope Valley - Progress Report

November 22, 2021
A new report by the National Center for Youth Law highlights progress made in improving the educational experiences for youth in foster care in the Antelope Valley through our FosterEd program. The report demonstrates our students experienced notable improvements in school stability, gains in GPA,

School Mental Health 101: A Primer for Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans

November 18, 2021
California is launching an effort to grow partnerships between schools and Medi-Cal mental health providers to expand access to care for students across the state.  School Mental Health 101: A Primer for Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans, developed by National Center for Youth Law and

Youth Justice In California - Obstacles to a Public Health Approach

September 15, 2021
This brief highlights three initiatives in California to create systems that support youth, communities, and state by endeavoring to create alternatives to the damaging practice of youth incarceration and strove to center juvenile justice within a public health approach. Each initiative has been met with


September 1, 2021
During the 2021-22 school year, parents and guardians can choose to have their children return to school for in-person instruction or enroll in distance learning through “independent study.” California schools will no longer have to offer a “distance learning” option to students like they did…

Reimagine and Rebuild - Restarting School with Equity at the Center

April 27, 2021
As we recover from the COVID-19 public health and education emergency, it is time to build an education system that places equity at the center so that all students—and especially those most affected by the pandemic and by systemic racism and other injustices—have the support…