Superintendent's Memo #050-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

February 27, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Kickoff Forums: Children’s Services System Transformation

Under the leadership of the Special Advisor for Children’s Services, Ray Ratke, a statewide initiative to transform how services are delivered to children and youth is under way. The goal of the Children’s Services System Transformation is to change the way services are provided to at-risk children and their families to help them be more successful, remain together and have lifelong family connections.

Over the past year, the Commonwealth has partnered with 13 localities from across the state to pilot promising strategies as the initial step toward statewide rollout. The next phase of this initiative is a series of kickoff forums to introduce the program to all localities. Because of the reciprocal impact between the Transformation initiative and schools, you are encouraged to send a representative to one of these regional meetings. Attached is a letter from Mr. Ratke supplying further detail, including registration information and meeting dates and locations. For further information, please contact Mr. Paul Raskopf, director, financial and data services, Division of Special Education and Student Services at (804) 225-2080 or .

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a. Children’s Services System Transformation Kickoff Forum Details with Registration Information (PDF)