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Child Welfare and Education Learning Community (CWELC)

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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.

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