Northwest AEA's Juvenile Home Education Program continually strives to partner with schools so that students can ultimately achieve graduation. During the 2009-2010 school year, some examples of student progress included two students, one from within Northwest AEA and one student from outside our AEA, who finished a significant portion of their senior year, enabling their graduation and enhancing the cooperating school district's graduation rate. Another example includes a student whp completed a majority of their sophomore year with the Juvenile Home Education Program and the cooperating district. The student was awarded promotion to their junior year this fall. Many other examples of several high school credits being earned and the proficiency gained by elementary students that were served for several weeks or months also contributed to students being promoted and encouraged students to retain their engagement in school. Success stories like these are not uncommon for Northwest AEA's juvenile home program because of the collaboration and dedication from educators on both sides.
Northwest AEA provides for the educational needs of students who are temporarily placed in the following sites: Woodbury County Detention Center located in Sioux City, Northwest Iowa Youth Emergency Services Detention Center located in Cherokee and the Crittenton Center Shelter located in Sioux City. Children and youth from across the Northwest AEA territory and most of northwest Iowa are served by these sites. Youth are placed in a detention center by Juvenile Court Services (JCS) for criminal activity and most children served at the shelter are placed for their protection by the Department of Human Services (DHS). The time legal proceedings take determines the length of placement in these programs.
State legislation required for the provision of educational services for children and youth in shelter care and detention was enacted in 1978. AEAs were determined to be best suited for serving these regional facilities that often encompass multiple school districts. This legislation also directed that the Iowa AEA system provide for the educational program with state funding allocation that was also a component of the same legislation. This state funding allows for the provision of educational services without a bill-back for services to districts of residence (LEA) by the AEA.
The three previously mentioned facilities serve more than 500 students each school year. About 30 percent of students served in these programs have active Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and there is an over-representation of social and economic sub-groups. Upon the legal system determination of facility admittance, the Juvenile Home Education Program staff will inform and work with the school district to provide the student with the appropriate curriculum that supports student retention and graduation while in this temporary placement. The Local Education Agency (LEA) should consider time and work effort of these juvenile home placements as an extension of their district's educational program. Collaboration in providing information and coordination of educational efforts helps keep students on track with content knowledge and the credit needed for gaining proficiency and progress toward promotion and graduation. These Northwest AEA education programs can also assist in the standardized test-taking process that can enhance LEA participation rates.
Northwest AEA Juvenile Home Program contact information is as follows:
Woodbury County Detention Center- Education Program
Trosper /Hoyt Bldg.- 4th Floor
822 Douglas Street
Sioux City, Iowa 51101
Phone & FAX- 712-252-4278
Northwest Iowa Youth Emergency Services- Education Program
Multi-County Juvenile Detention Center
1200 West Cedar Street
Cherokee, Iowa 51012
Phone & FAX- 712-225-0162
Crittenton Center Shelter- Education Program
3901 Green Ave.
Sioux City, Iowa 51106
Doug Harrold, Coordinator
Juvenile Home/Alternative Education
Northwest AEA- Educational Services
1520 Morningside Ave.
Sioux City, Iowa 51106