Every year, thousands of young children enter foster care just as they’re getting old enough to enter school — and they face challenges in achieving success.
“On any given day upwards of 400,000 children in the U.S. foster care system are living in the care of someone other than their biological parents,” the American Institutes for Research says on its Education Policy Center InformED Blog.
The post is the first in a series “examining educational challenges facing youth in foster care—early childhood into college—and some promising solutions.”
Children in foster care creates considerable instability.
“One-third of these children enter the foster care system before age five, just as they should be making the transition from preschool to kindergarten. Seventy-five percent must change schools when they enter the foster care system, and during their first year in foster care, they experience an average of three different home placements—often changing schools again and again.” (more…)