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Child Welfare and Education Learning Community (CWELC)

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The William T. Grant Foundation-funded Child Welfare and Education Learning Community (CWELC) is a collaboration between researchers, practitioners and policymakers working to address issues at the intersection child welfare and education systems across three states: Illinois, Minnesota, and North Carolina. Project partners include three members of the University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium: Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago in Illinois, the Extension Children, Youth and Family Consortium at the University of Minnesota, and the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University in North Carolina.

The CWELC project began when practitioners, policymakers, and researchers from Illinois, Minnesota, and North Carolina gathered in 2013 to identify and better understand barriers and opportunities in child welfare and education systems in those three states. CWELC representatives continued to meet regularly through mid-2015 to discuss state-specific issues.

Discussions at the first CWELC meeting in September 2013 in Chicago, IL centered on issues of data sharing, student mobility, and evidence-based work (for more more information, view the 2013 CWELC working document). In May 2014, the group met again in Crossnore, NC to discuss state-specific and national challenges at the intersection of child welfare and education systems.

As a result of these meetings, the group created a summary report (1.4 MB PDF) to share research and practice knowledge about issues of gathering, sharing, and using data across child welfare and education systems. In addition, this document puts forward CWELC members’ recommendations for moving forward to enhance collaboration across child welfare and education systems.

COMING SOON: Report on results of North Carolina child welfare and education professionals survey.

COMING SOON: Report on results of Minnesota state-wide focus group study.

CWELC Members

Patricia Burger, MN — Minneapolis Public Schools
Jessica Cintorino, MN (former member) — Minnesota Department of Human Services
Carol Cobb, NC — Edgecombe Country Public Schools
Stan Holt, NC — United Way of the Greater Triangle
Sara Langworthy, MN — U of M Extension Children, Youth and Family Consortium
Anita Larson, MN — Minnesota Department of Education
Brett Loftis, NC — Crossnore School
Anna Markowitz, Washington, D.C. — Georgetown University
Angela Mendell, NC — Bladen County School System

Donna Nelson, MN — Hennepin County
Paul Nijensohn, IL — Proficio Consulting Group
Jenni Owen, NC — Duke Center for Child and Family Policy
Paige Peltzer, IL — Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago
Lauren Robertson, MN — U of M Extension Children, Youth, and Family Consortium
Cheryl Smithgall, IL — Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago
Jill Tichenor, IL — Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Kevin Walsh, IL — Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Collaboration Across Child Welfare and Education Systems in Minnesota

CYFC is leading the Minnesota contingent of practitioners and policymakers. The Minnesota team recently conducted an online survey and the results are in! Check out the full report (1.2 MB PDF) or take a few minutes to watch the video below to learn about how Minnesota professionals collaborate across child welfare and education systems.

Members of the Minnesota CWELC team

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