DYS Partnership

DYS Partnership

The Department of Youth Services (DYS) and Collaborative for Educational Services Partnership

In 2003, the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) undertook an unprecedented reform of its education programs.

The Comprehensive Education Partnership (CEP) was designed by DYS to support the effort to improve the quality of education delivered to youth detained and committed to its care. CEP embraces a positive youth development approach, opening doors to education and employment opportunities for young people served by DYS through a Future Focus model called Exit upon Entry.  

The Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) and its partner, the Commonwealth Corporation (CommCorp), work together with the leadership of education staff at DYS and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and six other DYS non-profit education service providers to give support and direction to innovative teaching and learning in DYS residential programs and effective educational services for DYS clients residing in the community.

Special Education

The  Department of Youth Services and DESE’s Special Education in Institutional Settings (SEIS) unit have worked together since July 2008 to increase and improve the delivery of special education services for students with disabilities in the DYS system.

Through this partnership, educators have collaboratively developed shared understandings of individual students' needs. Through specialized training and tools and a team-based approach, educators identify students eligible for special education at the earliest stages of detention and provide effective services for youth in DYS residential facilities.

For a complete description of the SEIS partnership, visit SEIS on our website.