RCOE Leads Regional Educational Program for Underprivileged Students

The Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) will participate as a region leader in CaPROMISE, which is a statewide demonstration project designed to improve the education and employment opportunities for children who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

California is one of five states selected to participate in the federal PROMISE initiative. PROMISE (Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Labor. In California the initiative is known as CaPROMISE and is administered by the Department of Rehabilitation.

“All children deserve a chance to achieve their educational and career goals,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “The PROMISE initiative provides services and support to help our most at-risk students and their families so that they can focus on their education and a brighter future.”

RCOE’s efforts will focus on helping children who receive SSI achieve better outcomes, including graduating from high school ready for college and a career, completing postsecondary education and job training, and obtaining competitive employment. As a result, these children SSI recipients will be able to reduce their dependence on SSI and other federal benefits.

The grant period is for up to five years and began Oct. 1. RCOE will be a region leader for the Inland Empire. Participating districts in the region are San Bernardino City Unified, West End SELPA and Desert Mountain SELPA.