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Our MISSION

Building family-educator partnerships to support student
well-being and achievement.

News & Events

MAEC and NAFSCE present: What Great School Leaders Do to Make Family Engagement a Centerpiece of School Improvement.

On Friday, September 30th at 3 pm (ET), uncover the work behind creating impactful family engagement, how it is guided by skilled district and school leadership, and the benefits of Academic Parent-Teacher Teams.

Maryland English Language Learning Family Involvement Network (MELLFIN) presents Equity Conversations – Elevating Immigrant Family Voices.

Tuesday, September 27th at 4 pm (ET) immigrant parents from diverse backgrounds will share their American school experiences and perspectives to guide and inform work supporting immigrant students and families.

Who Are We?

Collaborative Action for Family Engagement (CAFE)

Md PaCAFE is the Statewide Family Engagement Center for the states of Maryland and Pennsylvania. We help build sustainable infrastructure to support healthy family, student, and community engagement. CAFE serves all educators – from state agencies to school districts to school staff and early care providers – and families by developing resources, co-designing learning opportunities, and fostering dialogue designed to help families connect with local schools and support their children’s development and learning.

WHAT DO WE DO?

CAFE implements a co-constructed approach, working alongside our clients, to ensure the effectiveness of our work. Below are examples of the services we offer:

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State Education Agencies

- Develop and implement a seamless birth to 21 family engagement framework.
- Establish an advisory committee in each state.

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LEAs, Local school systems, Learning communities, Community-based organizations, Educators

- Create partnerships with families, schools, and communities.
- Facilitate parent academies.
- Convene communities of practice.

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Families

- Provide opportunities for leadership development.
- Support for literacy skills development.
- Create resources to promote school readiness and academic achievement.

Featured Projects

Queen Anne's County: Strengthening Community through Family and Student Growth

MAEC and the National Center for Family Learning (NCFL) partner with a school to implement two-generational literacy programs for low-income families, predominantly immigrants and English learners, in Queen Anne's County, MD. This program expands parents' role in their children's education, connects families with free WiFi, and supports positive community relationships.

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Facilitating Family/Educator Partnerships

MAEC and Academic Parent Teacher Teams facilitate strong relationships between families and teachers in Indiana County, PA. Through team and individual meetings, teachers and parents practice activities to improve their students' continuum of learning from school to home, leading to student success in key concepts.

Family engagement needs to be more than a series of random acts. It requires a systemic, integrated, and comprehensive approach to working with families in support of children’s learning.

Susan Shaffer,
President, MAEC

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