DFPS is committed to meeting the educational needs and goals for children in substitute care. Education contributes to the overall well-being of a child academically, emotionally, and socially. Positive school experiences can help a child overcome some effects of abuse and neglect and in successfully transitioning to adulthood. 

DFPS ensures each child’s educational needs and goals are met by:

  • Maintaining educational stability for children by placing them in the neighborhood area where the child was enrolled at the time of placement, if it is in the child’s best interest.
  • Identifying developmental delays in children ages 0-3 and referring them and their families to Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services.
  • Working with local school district staff, school district foster care liaisons, and community resources to immediately enroll students in foster care to avoid education disruption.
  • Providing CPS regional education specialists to assist students in substitute care, and serve as an education resource to CPS staff, caregivers, and community stakeholders.
  • Securing special education and other services for children so they can reach their learning potential.
  • Directing students to programs that help them graduate from high school and plan for post-secondary education and career opportunities.