At the core of our
approach is an informed
and engaged network of adults
connected to each student
from foster care.

Let them tell you more
about their role.

Who We Are


The Education Equals Partnership is a 5-year, $10 million dollar investment built on a solid foundation of research and collaboration to ensure sustainable change. Significant work has gone into the development of this roadmap for improved educational outcomes for our students from foster care, and we are on a clear path for implementation and statewide acceleration.

The Education Equals Partnership

The Education Equals Partnership (EEP or the Partnership) is a statewide effort to improve educational outcomes for students from foster care, starting with preschool and extending across the entire education continuum. Four California counties – Fresno, Orange, Sacramento and Santa Cruz – are demonstration sites for the Partnership, implementing a common agenda for change and tracking shared progress data metrics. Multiple systems in these counties are working together to create positive change.

The Partnership recently released our first progress report, celebrating highlights of our work and sharing our vision moving forward. Read the full report and the executive summary.

The Invisible Achievement Gap

Recent findings from a ground- breaking 2013 study by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd, commissioned by the Stuart Foundation, found that the educational outcomes for foster youth are heartbreakingly poor and significantly worse than other at-risk student groups. Compared to their peers, students from foster care are twice as likely to drop out of school, more than four times likely to move schools during the year, are significantly less like to participate in the California Standardized Testing and Reporting tests, and are performing alarmingly lower in math and English language arts. The result is a staggeringly low 58% high school graduation rate.

How the Education Equals Partnership Will Close the Gap

Following are core elements of the Partnership’s approach.

  • Building an informed and engaged team of adults around each student from foster care.
  • Promoting an intensive focus on school stability.
  • Conducting a comprehensive education screen to identify a student’s academic, social and emotional strengths and needs.
  • Leveraging technology to capture and share critical information about the student’s progress in real-time.
  • Identifying students from foster care who are experiencing a school or home transition and surrounding them with more intensive support for 12 to 18 months.
  • Participating in a robust community of practice.