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Sacramento County Office of Education Sacramento County Office of Education

Foster Youth and Homeless Services

​​​Student and Educational Services

Primary Contacts

Trish Kennedy, Director
(916) 228-2730

Tara Turrentine, Homeless Liaison
(916) 228-2542

Bridget Stumpf, Foster Focus Data System Administrator
(916) 228-2757

Foster Youth Services (FYS)


The Sacramento Foster Youth Services (FYS) Program is part of a statewide system of programs designed to meet the unique educational needs of foster children and youth. The intent of the Foster Youth Services Program is to provide educational support services for children and youth in the foster care system to promote their academic and personal success. The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) FYS Program services include: liaison services between placement and educational agencies; notification to districts regarding placement of students in foster care; training for schools, partner agencies, foster families, and group home staff; assistance for school districts to design and implement support services for foster children; data collection to monitor and evaluate services; advocacy services to foster youth that promote academic achievement; and maintenance of the Foster Focus database system containing basic education and school placement information for all foster children and youth in the county.


Sacramento County foster children and youth from Sacramento County school districts, SCOE Special Education and Court and Community Schools

Publications and Materials​​

This pamphlet provides basic information about the Foster Focus data system and highlights the dashboard, alerts and dynamic reporting functions. A copy of the publication may be requested by phone.


Foster youth organizations, school districts, health and human services agencies, probation and law enforcement agencies, courts, foster care agencies and other interested groups and individuals

Homeless Services (Project TEACH)


Project TEACH began in 1990 to help meet the challenges of educating children experiencing homelessness in Sacramento County. Project TEACH assists school districts to implement policies, procedures and programs that promote the educational success of these children. As the Local Educational Agency Liaison for homeless children and youths (liaison), the coordinator ensures compliance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001 (McKinney-Vento). The liaison ensures the identification, enrollment and opportunities for success for children experiencing homelessness. The parents/guardians are informed of the educational rights, including the right to continue in the school of origin with transportation provided. The liaison resolves disputes that arise regarding school selection or enrollment.

Project TEACH provides services to help children enroll and succeed in school. For a review of the services, educational rights, directory of the school district liaisons, shelter/service agencies, and opportunities for involvement and resources, please visit the Project TEACH website.


Project TEACH serves over 11,000 children and their families each year in partnership with school districts in Sacramento County.

Publications and Materials​​​

Project TEACH: Promoting the Educational Success of Children Who are Experiencing Homelessness

Don't Delay Enroll Today: Children's School Information
(Parent Information Folder)

Sacramento County Resources for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Is Your Child Missing School?
(Directory of LEA Homeless Liaisons)


Project TEACH is a partnership between Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) and the California Department of Education (McKinney-Vento funds).

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Last Modified: 9/4/2019 8:32 AM