The Education Coordinating Council (ECC) is a public-private partnership that was created in 2004 by the Board of Supervisors to raise the educational achievement of system-involved youth in Los Angeles County.

ECC members include department heads from Children and Family Services, Probation, Mental Health, superintendents from Los Angeles County school districts, and the presiding judge from the Juvenile Court, as well as advocates, representatives from community-based organizations, and former foster and probation youth.

Mission and Approach

The job of the ECC is to coordinate efforts across organizations and jurisdictions, encouraging varied networks to work together to expand best practices and help fill gaps to prevent system-involved children from being left behind educationally. It does this by mobilizing supports across stakeholder groups, brokering solutions and collaborations among child-serving entities, and spearheading strategies that bolster the increased educational achievement of the County’s foster and probation youth.

The ECC’s Strategic Plan outlines the following priority areas, outcomes, and action items around which the ECC engages to accomplish its mission:



At least 90% of system-involved children under the age of six participate in high-quality early care and education programs.

Actions to help achieve this outcome

1. Work with partners to create policies, procedures, and practices to increase the enrollment of system-involved children in early care and education programs.

2. Support the continued development, expansion, and implementation of an electronic referral sys­tem in DCFS regional offices to increase enrollment of children in early care and education programs.

3. Help convene trainings—such as early learning symposiums and care­giver/parent summits—to instill the value of early education and early identification of special needs for the County's most vulnerable children, and to strengthen partnerships between County departments and early care and education providers.

4. Collaborate with First 5 LA, County departments, and other partners to promote the utilization of home visitation programs.


Departments, courts, schools, caregivers, and other providers coordinate and supply necessary supports to ensure system-involved youth perform at grade level (at a minimum) and remain on target to graduate from high school.

Actions to help achieve this outcome

1. Ensure youths' timely enrollment in schools.

2. Help develop robust school-based support for youth.

3. Work with partners to ensure school stability and continuity in instruction.

4. Support the development of a Countywide policy regarding active implementation of legislation that supports system-involved youth. 


Improve readiness for and access to college and/or jobs for transition-aged youth.

Actions to help achieve this outcome

1. Convene County agencies, advocates, and other partners to develop a Countywide plan to improve access to education and employment opportunities for transition-aged youth.

2. Identify new goals to meet the unique needs of this population, starting engagement and service delivery as young as possible.

3. Work with Community and Senior Services (CSS) and other partners, such as those involved in the Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (P3), on County program coordination and service integration in order to more robustly and seamlessly deliver education, workforce, and social services to disconnected youth.

4. Support partners, including the Alliance for Children's Rights' "Opportunity Youth Collaborative," by helping bring together public agencies, nonprofit organizations, educational systems, and employers to coordinate services, as well as align strategies to improve access to education and employment opportunities for transition-aged youth in Los Angeles.

5. Work collectively with partners, such as DMH, to improve policies and resolve barriers that impact the ability of transition-aged youth to benefit from education and employment opportunities.

6. Work with partners (including 2- and 4-year colleges) to educate transition-aged youth about the possibilities for support in preparing for, getting into, and paying for college.        

7. Work with partners to improve access to college counseling.


Expand the sharing of education information related to system-involved youth across departments, providers, and youth.

Actions to help achieve this outcome

1. Support the continued development and expansion of a mechanism that can electronically access system-involved youths' education records and share these records with eligible users as legally permissible.

2. Ensure the Health and Education Passport (HEP) is electronically populated with required information such that the data are complete and up-to-date.

3. Support data sharing efforts that connect information on the availability and utilization of subsidized early care and education resources with information on the child care needs of children involved with DCFS.

4. Monitor the implementation and evaluation of data sharing efforts among eligible users and modify as needed.


Assess the progress of educational achievement for system-involved youth in Los Angeles County.

Actions to help achieve this outcome

1. Work with partners to develop measures to monitor outcomes and assess educational achievement of system-involved youth in Los Angeles County.

2. Review progress on these educational achievement measures in 2-3 years and incorporate progress into the modification of the Strategic Plan, as needed.


ECC Meetings

The next scheduled meeting of the Education Coordinating Council will be:

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Zoom link to come





    Work To Date

  • Developed ESSA school-stability transportation pilot program with LACOE, DCFS, and WDACS that has transported hundreds of foster youth to their schools of origin
  • Partnered with LA County Arts Commission (now the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture) to begin a School-Based Healing-Informed Arts Education pilot program featuring trauma-informed arts education in LA County schools
  • Worked with DCFS and LACOE on data-sharing initiatives and the effective use of Health and Education Passports