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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.
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:
Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago in Illinois
Children, Youth and Family Consortium at the University of Minnesota Extension
Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University in North Carolina.
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
- Patricia Burger, MN — Minneapolis Public Schools
- Jessica Cintorino, MN (former member) — Minnesota Department of Human Services
- Carol Cobb, NC — Edgecombe County Public Schools
- Stan Holt, NC — United Way of the Greater Triangle
- Sara Langworthy, MN — U of M Extension Children, Youth & 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
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.