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Helping Students Address Challenges

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Homeless & Transient
Foster Youth
Pregnant & Parenting Teens

Find resources in this section to help teachers understand and address issues students face.


Adoption Awareness in School Assignments [PDF]
A Guide for Parents and Educators.


Family Involvement & Partnerships
California Department of Education's Family Involvement & Partnerships resources for parents, guardians, and families of children with disabilities.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Resources for schools and administrators.

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)
NTACT’s purpose is to assist in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.

Online Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities
The HEATH Resource Center is a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.

Taking Charge of Your Education: Transition Planning for Your Future [PDF]
This is a comprehensive guide with activities and resources to guide students with disabilities from high school to postsecondary success.

Think College
Resources for opening doors to colleges for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in many different ways all over the country.

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Homeless & Transient

Homeless Children and Youth Education
This site provides numerous programs, contacts, and documents that can assist in providing resources for homeless youth and their families.

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
NAEHCY is the only professional organization specifically dedicated to meeting the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)
NCHE is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to serve as a clearinghouse of information for people seeking to remove or overcome educational barriers and to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Foster Youth

California Department of Education
Resources related to foster youth services programs including web links, reports, and other information.

California College Pathways
The goal of the California College Pathways is to increase the number of foster youth in California who enter higher education and achieve an academic outcome by expanding access to campus support programs, such as the Guardian Scholars Program, the Renaissance Scholars Program and other successful approaches to supporting former foster youth on campus.

Casey Life Skills
Free and easy to use tools to help young people prepare for adulthood. The life skills assessments provide instant feedback. Customized learning plans provide a clear outline of next steps, and the accompanying teaching resources are available for free or at a minimal cost.

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Migrant Education Program and Services
Provides information on statewide programs and services coordinated by California's Migrant Education Program.

High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
HEP and CAMP are educational programs which serve students from migrant or seasonal farmworker families. HEP helps students who have dropped out of high school get their High School Equivalency Credential, and serves more than 6,000 students annually. CAMP assists students in their first year of college with academic, personal, and financial support. CAMP serves approximately 2,400 migrant participants annually. Overall, nearly three-quarters of all CAMP students graduate with baccalaureate degrees.

Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Cal-SAFE Program for Expectant & Parenting Students
Cal-SAFE provides academic and support services to help students to stay in school. Female and male students age 18 and younger who have not graduated from high school may voluntarily enroll in the Cal-SAFE Program if they are an expectant parent, a custodial parent, or a non-custodial parent taking an active role in the care and supervision of their child. An eligible student with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is eligible as long as there is an active IEP.  Contact your local school district office to locate the Cal-SAFE program closest to you.

Career Aspirations of Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents [PDF]
This is a study suggesting that "...age and source of career information were the only two (variables) to show a statistically significant difference on the career aspirations of pregnant or parenting adolescents and "...the majority of adolescent females aspired to become registered nurses."

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Expungement and Criminal Records
This resource gives information about expungement and criminal records on a state-by-state basis.

How Does California’s Juvenile Justice System Work?
This site provides an overview of county probation and California Youth Authority services.

Juvenile Diversion Guide
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California developed this guide for law enforcement, juvenile justice partners, and youth development stakeholders. The Juvenile Diversion Guide highlights research on youth diversion, descriptions of six key elements of diversion programs, discussion of ten types of diversion programs, and three case studies of local partnerships in Fresno, Los Angeles, and Napa Counties that are diverting youth away from the justice system.

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