At this time of year, many children and youth in foster care are embarking on the new school year. This change brings opportunities for child development, positive peer and adult relationships, learning, skill-building, and for older youth, transition to life after high school. Education is a key well-being measure and there are a few important considerations for judges and attorneys to ensure students stay on track throughout the school year.
All children and youth who are enrolled in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, or are between the ages of 6-19 years old must attend school. Also, under certain circumstances, children receiving special education services are eligible to attend school until their 22nd birthday. Children currently or formerly in foster care are eligible for free pre-kindergarten programs provided by their school district.