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The Colorado Study of Students in Foster Care

Education is the foundation of success for all young people. The Colorado Study of Students in Foster Care offers a statewide perspective on how students in foster care are faring in K-12 education and examines the relationship between mobility and educational success.

This research is conducted in partnership with Colorado Department of Education, Colorado Department of Human Services, and Mile High United Way. A goal of this researcher-practitioner partnership is to provide actionable information to the numerous public and private organizations working to close achievement gaps, address educational instability, and improve graduation rates for students in foster care.

The Colorado research is organized by audience:

  • All Stakeholders: Infographics provide a user-friendly overview of how students in foster care are faring in K-12 education and recommendations for how to close gaps.
  • Grant Writers and Program Planners: Needs Assessment Data can help you create a case for new resources or prioritize existing resources.
  • Systems Changers: Whether you are a policy maker or a practitioner, reports are designed to inform systems-level efforts.

Thank you to our Colorado partners and the national organizations who serve as resources for this work! Use the quick links at the bottom of the page to visit the foster care and education relevant sections of their websites.

We are happy to answer questions.

The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305H150007 to University of Northern Colorado. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.