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Grant To Help Solano County's Foster Kids

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Statistics show one-in-three foster kids perform below grade level and nearly half dropout of high school. Experts say it's because the kids are bounced around to various foster homes and from school to school.

Solano County's Office of Education is hoping to improve the educational stability of local foster kids with money from a $250,000 U.S. Health and Human Services Grant.

Lisette Estrella-Henderson is the county's associate superintendent of student programs.    

"We are the only entity in the entire state of California that was funded. What made our proposal unique was that we were able to illustrate how this grant would help us to leverage funds across the system."

She says that includes improving data sharing between the county's Child Welfare Department and local school districts.

Foster kids will also get individual and small group support to reinforce their success in school.

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