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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools


  • Professional Development Training - Send request to:
  • Academic Services Guide - A guide to supplemental academic services by district.

  • The EPICENTER - Monterey County's first youth-led resource and service center for ALL youth ages 16-24. Located at 20 Maple Street, Salinas, California - 831.998.7291 - Open Tuesday - Thursday 12-6.

  • California Education Law Fact Sheet - A simple yet detailed overview of CA Education Law pertaining to Foster Youth.

  • California Department of Education Graduation Requirements - Compares state mandated requirements with UC and CSU admission requirements.

  • California Youth Connection – Monterey Chapter meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm at The Epicenter: 20 Maple Street, Salinas. Mission: California Youth Connection (CYC) is a youth led organization that develops leaders who empower each other and their communities to transform the foster care system through legislative and policy change. Vision: Foster youth will be equal partners in contributing to all policies and decisions made in their lives. All youth in foster care will have their needs met and the support to grow into healthy and vibrant adults.

Partner Agencies

Monterey County is fortunate to have many organizations that provide a wide range of services for foster students! Below are links to some of our community partners and organizations:

  • iFoster is an online resource portal for Kinship Caregivers (Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Siblings etc. who are taking care of kids other than their own - one does NOT need to be in a formal foster care setting to receive these resources!)

  • Peacock Acres provides supportive housing, intense case management, and life coaching for foster children and young adults who have been separated from their families.

  • Kinship Center builds adoptive and other families where children can heal from past abuse or neglect and grow to healthy adulthood. 

  • CASA of Monterey County trains and supports community volunteers who advocate for abused or neglected children placed in foster care, upholding the children’s rights while pursuing a safe and permanent home.

  • Family to Family is a whole new approach in foster care that involves the family and community members in making placement decisions, aspires to find and maintain foster and kinship families who can support children and families in their own neighborhoods, and invests in the capacity of communities to build support to keep families together or bring them back together.

  • Monterey County Department of Social Services The Family and Children’s Services Branch offers child protective services, foster care services, and adoption services to children and youth in Monterey County.

  • California Youth Connection is a youth-led organization that develops leaders who empower each other and their communities to transform the foster care system through legislative, policy, and practice change.

Monterey County Foster Youth Summit

Monterey County Leaders Collaborate on Educating and Supporting Foster Youth.  On Thursday, June 16, 2016 in Hartnell College’s Steinbeck Hall, the Monterey County Office of Education and the Monterey County Department of Family and Children's Services hosted the first Monterey County Foster Youth Education Summit to work to improve the educational success of Monterey County's foster youth. The Summit is now held annually in June. Contact our office for more information about the current years' Summit: (831) 784-4227.

FYS pic 4 working session at capitol.jpgIn the fall of 2013, MCOE held a Foster Youth Leadership Summit "Project F.Y.I. (Foster Youth Influencing)" to train foster youth in educational advocacy skills, and to assist in providing input to districts for LCAP development. One of the outcomes of this project was a request from the youth that a universal symbol be used in educational institutions which would identify an on-campus resource specifically for foster students. Below is the symbol they selected. Please help them by posting this symbol in your school/district offices where foster student staff are available to assist them.



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