The National Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Neglected or Delinquent Children and Youth (NDTAC) was established in 2002 through support from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). NDTAC serves as a national resource center to provide direct assistance to States, schools, communities, and parents seeking information on the education of children and youth who are considered neglected, delinquent, or at-risk. The education of youth involved in the juvenile justice system is a primary focus of the Center.
NDTAC works with State and local administrators and service providers of the Title I, Part D program to:
- Ensure youth who are neglected or delinquent have the opportunity to meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet
- Improve educational services for children and youth who are neglected, delinquent, or at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system
- Provide children and youth who are neglected or delinquent with the services needed to make a successful transition from institutions to schools and/or employment
- Prevent youth who are at risk of academic failure from dropping out of school
- Provide children and youth who have dropped out of school, or who are returning to school after residing in an institution, with a support system to ensure their continued education