Child Welfare and Education Learning Community (CWELC)
Child Welfare and Education Learning Community (CWELC) — This WT Grant Foundation funded project is addressing the intersection of child welfare and education systems across three states, Minnesota, Illinois, and North Carolina. Extension CYFC is partnering with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University on this project. Practitioners and policymakers from three states gather with the goal of increasing understanding of barriers and opportunities at the intersection of child welfare and education across and within these three states. In addition, representatives within each state meet together to discuss state-specific issues.
In September, the first group meeting was held in Chicago IL. The discussions centered on issues of data sharing, student mobility, and evidence-based work. More information on the results of that meeting (561 K PDF).
CYFC is leading the Minnesota contingent of practitioners and policymakers. Members of the Minnesota group are: Patricia Burger (District Program Facilitator at Minneapolis Public Schools), Jessica Cintorino (Program Consultant and the MN Department of Human Services), Anita Larson (Data Policy Manager of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System project in Early Learning Services at the Minnesota Department of Education), and Donna Nelson (Senior Social Worker at Hennepin County with the County/School Shared Social Work Project). This group is in the process of planning a statewide inquiry to better understand the specific barriers that exist for practitioners in working across the child welfare and education systems in Minnesota. Watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information on how you can provide your input in this important process.
Attention MN Social Workers! Take this brief 5-10 minute survey for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card!
Through a grant from the W.T. Grant Foundation, education and child welfare professionals and policymakers from Minnesota, Illinois, and North Carolina have come together to form the Child Welfare & Education Learning Community. As part of this work, we hope to better understand the issues that both the child welfare and education systems face and learn ways to improve outcomes within the systems to help the children and families served.
The purpose of this survey is to assess both the strengths and barriers in collaboration and information sharing between county child welfare and education professionals in providing the best social services for children and families in Minnesota.
If you work with children involved in the child welfare system in either the education field (e.g. school social worker, teacher, counselor, dean, administrator) or in county services (e.g. social services, child protection, case worker), we want to hear from you!
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey and for your work with Minnesota children and families. Any questions regarding this survey can be directed to Lauren Robertson or Sara Langworthy.