Where Have All the Children Gone? COVID-era Kindergarten Enrollment Drop Raises Deep Concerns

Newly released figures from the Los Angeles Unified School District – one of the nation’s largest – show that roughly 6,000 fewer students registered for kindergarten this school year than in the previous year – a roughly 14% decrease from last year’s number of 42,912 children. 

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New School Year, Same Housing Woes
Nearly six months after getting a sudden and unceremonious boot from their dorms during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, more than half of the 114 college students in New York City’s Dorm Project for foster youth have begun a new school year without the guarantee of housing on campuses across the city.


New School Year Brings More Uncertainty for Minnesota Foster Youth

Grace, a 17-year-old from Duluth, Minnesota, is preparing for her final year at Denfeld High School. The past year has brought nothing but turmoil for the teen and this school year promises more uncertainty. 


California Issues Guidelines for School-Based Special Education

Aiming to bring some clarity to kids who need in-person, school-based services amid the coronavirus pandemic, as well as to anxious parents and staff, California health officials issued rules and guidelines last month for how that might be done safely.


Minnesota Leaves Back-to-School Decision-Making to County Social Services

As the start of school begins, Minnesota’s state child welfare agency is leaving much of the COVID-19 decision-making about youth in foster care returning to the classroom to county social services. 


On Coronavirus-School Decisions, Foster Parents Must Be at The Helm

Across the nation, parents have been wrestling with choices about their children returning to school during a global pandemic. There are no easy answers or one-size fits all options. 

Each choice feels fraught with dilemmas.


New Rule Puts Some Head Start Agencies Under Pressure to Improve

The federal government is hoping to improve the quality of local Head Start agencies’ programs by refining how it determines when grantees are falling short and must be thrown into competition for ongoing funding.

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Focus on At-Risk Students’ Basic Needs, or Lose Them, UCLA Expert Advises

“We are at risk of losing an entire generation of young people.”

UCLA education professor Tyrone Howard made this bleak prediction at a virtual public meeting Wednesday while discussing Los Angeles County youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems who are heading back to upended schools during the disruptive storm of the coronavirus.


How Do Large School Districts Check On Kids During Virtual Learning?

Across the country, the school year is fast approaching or has already arrived. Some students will set foot in a classroom for the first time since mid-March, but for far more of America’s youth, the fall term will begin on a computer screen in their bedroom.