Preschool to Graduate School: Supporting Educational Success in Foster Youth


Participants will learn about innovative, data driven approaches to address educational challenges and improve outcomes for youth in foster care across the continuum. San Diego will share how work on preschool expulsions, combined with community partnerships focused on prevention, help to reduce maltreatment in early education and strengthen trauma informed strategies to support educational success for middle and high school youth in foster care. Participants will also learn about collaborative programs created to ensure educational supports for youth in and exiting care.

  • Dr. Kimberly Giardina – County of San Diego, Child Welfare Services Director

  • Stephanie Segal Ortega, MA – Promises2Kids Chief Operating Officer

  • Dr. Gloria Ciriza – San Diego County Office of Education Assistant Superintendent

  • Dr. Mary Taylor – San Diego State University Associate Chief Diversity Officer