Kids Accounting for Greater Share of COVID-19 Cases

Children accounted for a rising share of all American COVID-19 cases as some U.S. schools gingerly welcomed students back to the classroom this summer and fall, according to a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. 


Student Homelessness Prevented on Washington College Campuses As New School Year Commences

In March, as college campuses nationwide began shutting down to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus and students fled home to their childhood bedrooms, foster youth and the homeless had potentially everything to lose if they were forced to turn in their dorm keys.


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.