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Cover Letter FYS Core RFA 2011-12

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

April 1, 2011

Dear Superintendents:

CORE FOSTER YOUTH SERVICES 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 Program sites were provided funding to expand services to foster youth in their districts. 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 noncompetitive applications from the six Core FYS Programs (five school districts and one county consortium) specified in EC Section 42920 that elect to apply for grant funding to operate an education-based FYS Program to provide education and support services to foster youth residing in their respective school districts. These Core FYS Programs include Elk Grove Unified School District (USD), Mount Diablo USD, Sacramento City USD, San Juan USD, Paramount USD, and the Placer-Nevada Consortium.

The program is funded by the Budget Act of 2011, and includes $1,723,287 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 2011 and 2012 Budget Acts. The California Department of Education will accept only one application per district or consortium for each of the six Core FYS 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, or Jacqueline Wong, School Health Education Consultant, 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

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