About

Improving Higher Education Outcomes for Students from Foster Care

We are a statewide collective impact initiative committed to supporting students from foster care and the adult professionals they rely on.

What We Do

Provide Technical Assistance (TA)


Our team of experts provides customized TA to post-secondary institutions adopting and implementing Passport to College student support strategies on their campuses. Request TA here.

Share Knowledge and Stories of Impact


We’re constantly scanning our network and the national landscape to identify effective student support practices, model policies, and relevant research. We facilitate regional and statewide professional development events for our members. And we use our blog as a platform to share stories of impact that highlight the accomplishments of WPN members and the students they serve.

Facilitate Stakeholder Contribution and Leadership


In partnership with the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), our team convenes quarterly meetings of the Passport Leadership Team. The PLT is a 25-member advisory body representing schools, nonprofit, and state organizations from all areas of our state that advises WSAC on Passport to College policy and practice issues. In 2018–19 we plan to expand PLT membership to include student, tribal, and Federal foster care representation.

Regional Service Coordination Groups (RSCGs)


We provide planning and facilitative support to help empower RSCGs in central and eastern Washington. Led by members of local schools and non-profit organizations, RSCGs promote a cross-sector, student-centered approach to regional wraparound service delivery for students from foster care through proactive collaboration, service coordination, and intervention.

Staff

Fred Kingston
Program Manager
College Services Statewide Initiatives
College Success Foundation

Dawn Cypriano-McAferty
Program Manager
Passport to College
Washington Student Achievement Council

Molly Donahue
Program Officer
College Services Statewide Initiatives
College Success Foundation

Donna Quach
Program Officer
College Services Statewide Initiatives
College Success Foundation

Leadership and Partnerships

CSF is committed to providing supports and scholarships to inspire underserved, low-income students to finish high school, graduate from college, and succeed in life. Members of CSF’s Statewide Initiatives team staff the WPN.

Established as a cabinet-level state agency on July 1, 2012, the Washington Student Achievement Council provides strategic planning, oversight, and advocacy to support increased student success and higher levels of educational attainment in Washington.

The Passport to College Promise Scholarship program (Passport) was created in 2007 by the state of Washington to help students from foster care attend and succeed in college. Without significant intervention, fewer than two percent of foster youth are likely to attain a bachelor’s degree.