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FYS Countywide & Juvenile RFA Cover Ltr 2011-12

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

April 1, 2011

Dear Superintendents:

FOSTER YOUTH SERVICES COUNTYWIDE AND JUVENILE DETENTION PROGRAM REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS

In 1981, the California Legislature declared the instruction, counseling, tutoring, and provision of related services for foster youth to be a state priority and mandated the Foster Youth Services (FYS) Program through California Education Code (EC) sections 42920–42925. Five school districts (referred to as core districts) and one county consortium that had been operating FYS Programs were provided funding to expand services to foster youth in their jurisdictions. In 1998, the Countywide FYS Program was established to provide services specifically designed to meet the needs of foster youth residing in licensed children’s institutions in every California county. In 2006, EC Section 42921 was amended to provide educational and support services to foster youth residing in licensed foster homes and county-operated juvenile detention facilities. It is recognized that a high percentage of these children perform below grade level and are at increased risk of dropping out of school.

This Request for Applications (RFA) is soliciting applications for FYS grant funding to provide increased educational and support services to foster youth residing in licensed foster homes or in county-operated juvenile detention facilities. There are two components to the FYS Program: (1) services offered through county offices of education (COEs) to foster youth residing in licensed foster homes within their county; and (2)services offered through COEs to foster youth residing in county-operated juvenile detention facilities. Those eligible to apply for this grant are any COE or consortium of COEs that elect to apply for grant funding to operate an education-based FYS Program. COEs may elect to apply for both the countywide and juvenile detention components of this RFA.

The program is funded by the 2011 Budget Act, which includes $13,375,875 for educational and support services to foster youth in licensed foster homes or county-operated juvenile detention facilities. FYS grant funds for successful applicants will be awarded for a period of three years, from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2014. Grant funding beyond June 30, 2011, is subject to the availability of funds allocated for that purpose in the 2012 and 2013 Budget Acts. The California Department of Education will accept only one application per county or consortium for each of the Countywide and Juvenile Detention FYS Grant Programs.

Applications must be received in the Counseling, Student Support, and Service-Learning Office by 5:00 p.m. on May 31, 2011, to be eligible for consideration for funding. Send or deliver completed applications to:

Margarita Garcia, Education Programs Consultant
Counseling, Student Support, and Service-Learning Office
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 6408
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

If you have any questions regarding this RFA, please contact Margarita Garcia, Education Programs Consultant, Counseling, Student Support, and Service-Learning Office, by phone at 916-323-5029, by phone at 916-323-2183 or by e‑mail at mgarcia@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Gordon Jackson, Assistant Superintendent
Learning Support and Partnerships Division

GJ:mg

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