Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children at Risk in the Child Welfare System: Collaborations to Promote School Readiness

Meeting the developmental needs of young children in the child welfare system requires effective collaboration among the child welfare system, the early intervention system under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the early care and education system. This was a case study conducted in Colorado to determine the degree to which collaboration occurs at the county and local levels, to identify the barriers to effective collaboration and to share best practices. Research involved interviews with stakeholders and statewide surveys of foster parents and caseworkers. To determine the degree to which national data supports what we learned in Colorado, we analyzed data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well Being. We also identified collaboration models in other states in our final report and in a series of issue briefs based on our findings.