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Child Welfare and Education Learning Community (CWELC)

Enhancing Collaboration

Child Welfare and Education Learning Community (CWELC) worked to address issues at the intersection child welfare and education systems across three states: Illinois, Minnesota, and North Carolina.

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Recommendations for Enhancing Collaboration

The importance of having accurate, up-to-date information about children as they move through education and child welfare systems is a major practice and policy concern. CWELC members discussed issues of data sharing, student mobility, and evidence-based work, and generated a number of recommendations for enhancing collaboration across child welfare and education systems.

Download the 2014 report: Get the Data, Share the Data, Use the Data (1.4 MB PDF)

A National Learning Community

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. 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. CWELC members continued to meet regularly through mid-2015 to discuss state-specific issues.

Project partners in this national learning community included three members of the University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium:

CWELC was funded by the William T. Grant Foundation.


Front Row (L to R): Kim Dumont (WT Grant Foundation), Donna Nelson, Paige Peltzer, Kevin Walsh.
Back Row (L to R): Stan Holt, Anita Larson, Jenni Owen, Sara Langworthy, Paul Nijensohn, Cheryl Smithgall, Jill Tichenor, Angela Mendell, Carol Cobb, Anna Markowitz

CWELC Members

Related Resources

Child Welfare Resource Library — Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota — Online training modules, publications, videos, and documents from past events, and resources related to current and former research and outreach projects.

Child Welfare and Foster Care Research Publications — Chapin Hall, University of Chicago — Issue briefs, reports, articles, and more.

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