Kansas Partnership for Educating Kids in Care (KPEKC): Final Report.
Garstka, Teri A. Lieberman, Alice A.
Kansas Partnership for Educating Kids in Care
University of Kansas, Center for Public Partnerships and Research
Published: November 26, 2013
This final report discusses the activities and accomplishments of a project designed to improve educational stability and support educational progress of children in the foster care system in Kansas and increase their rate of graduation. For the project, the University of Kansas, Center for Public Partnerships and Research (KU), in the role of convener, developed capacity and supports for enhanced cross-systems collaboration between the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE), and other stakeholders including families, judicial/legal system, and service providers. The Kansas Partnership for Educating Kids in Care (KPEKC) utilized a multi-stage approach that involved: initial collaboration building and a comprehensive needs assessment using focus groups and assessment tools; the development of a shared vision and goals in conjunction with DCF/KSDE data sharing agreements; a parallel process in a local pilot site with collaborative work between the Topeka Unified School District (501) and child welfare providers in that region - Northeast Kansas DCF (NE KS DCF) and TFI Family Services (TFI) to identify needs, goals and implement effective training on strategies to address those needs; and assessing the success of this project and identifying next steps for dissemination, replication, and sustainability. Information is provided on the program model, the implementation, the evaluation, and cross-system training on data systems and data driven practice. Recommendations are made for improving collaboration and supporting agency partnerships. 11 figures and 1 reference.
educational programs; foster children; academic achievement; education; child advocacy; Kansas; interagency collaboration; university partnerships