Education for Students in Foster Care

  • The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) and Delaware schools adhere to the provisions of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which aims to promote educational stability and improve educational outcomes for students in foster care. The law allows for students in foster care to continue their education without disruption, maintain important relationships, and have the opportunity to achieve college and career readiness. It also stresses the importance of collaboration between child welfare agencies and local educational agencies (LEAs).

    Supports include:
    • Immediate enrollment
    • Best-interest decision making
    • Dispute resolution
    • School transportation
    • Interagency collaboration
    • Data sharing

    The DDOE supports students in foster care by partnering with state agencies and LEAs to develop state-wide systems, provide technical assistance, resources and professional learning opportunities for those working with students in foster care. 

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  • State Coordinator for Foster Care Education

    Jennifer Davis, M.Ed.

    Education Associate, Student Services & Special Populations
    Delaware Department of Education
    401 Federal Street, Suite 2
    Dover, DE 19901
    302.735.4216 (T) 302.739.5894 (F)