In the fall of 2012, we gathered the education directors of twelve state juvenile justice agencies from around the country together at Haley Farms, the rustic training center for the Children’s Defense Fund. Agency leaders pledged to work together to improve educational opportunities in their agencies, and to serve as voices for change and improvement in facilities throughout the country.
Through the consortium, we empower leaders to adopt and implement policies and programs that promote high-quality education, job readiness, and transition supports for youth in their care. Today, the Consortium includes juvenile justice agencies and their education partners from a number of the nation’s largest local jurisdictions--New York City, Cook County (Chicago), Los Angeles County, and Harris County (Houston), as well as a number of states--Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Utah. CEEAS provides tailored support to agencies based on agreed-to priorities for education reform and improvement. We also support peer sharing and learning among consortium members.