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Child Welfare and Education Learning Community (CWELC)

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This WT Grant Foundation funded Child Welfare and Education Learning Community (CWELC) is a collaboration between researchers, practitioners and policymakers to address 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 have gathered 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 regularly to discuss state-specific issues.

In September of 2013, 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 (1.2 MB PDF).

In May of 2014, the group met again at Crossnore School in North Carolina to discuss state-specific and national challenges at the intersection of child welfare and education systems. The group also discussed how our unique expertise could contribute to the ongoing state and national conversations about these issues. Stay tuned for more information on these efforts!

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

Attention Minnesota Social Service Professionals!

Are you interested in participating in a conversation about improving collaboration across child welfare and education systems? Sign-up to participate in a PAID focus group study.

CYFC is looking for your input on creative strategies to improve collaboration efforts for professionals working across child welfare and education systems in Minnesota. As part of this work, CYFC hopes to learn ways to improve collaboration between systems to strengthen social services provided 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) in Minnesota, we want to hear from you! Please fill out the brief survey form to sign up for a chance to participate in a focus group. Those selected to participate will be contacted directly for scheduling. Focus group conversations will be held between end of August and early November 2014 in locations across the state. The conversation will last approximately 2 hours,light refreshments will be provided, and attendees will be paid a $25 participation stipend and $10 mileage stipend.

Hurry! Recruitment ends, August 31st, 2014!

Any questions regarding this study can be directed to Sara Langworthy at or Lauren Robertson at

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