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Primary Partners

The Maryland State Department of Education, under the leadership of the State Superintendent of Schools and guidance from the Maryland State Board of Education, develops and implements standards and policy for education programs from pre-kindergarten through high school.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) oversees 500 public school districts, more than 170 public charter schools, public cyber charter schools, Career and Technology Centers/Vocational Technical schools, public Intermediate Units, the education of youth in State Juvenile Correctional Institutions, Head Starts and publicly funded preschools, and community colleges.


NAFSCE is the first membership association focused solely on advancing family, school, and community engagement (FSCE). Our mission is advancing high-impact policies and practices for family, school, and community engagement to promote child development and improve student achievement.

Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT) is a model of family engagement that is grounded in the notion that schools can thrive when families and teachers work together to maximize student learning inside and outside of school. The model is research-based and aligns grade-level learning concepts, student performance data, and family-teacher communication and collaboration.

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers builds strong communities, thriving families and children who are healthy, safe and ready to learn by matching parents and caregivers with trained professionals who make regular personal home visits during a child’s earliest years in life, from prenatal through kindergarten.


NCFL works to eradicate poverty through education solutions for families. Partnering with educators, literacy advocates, and policymakers, NCFL develops and provides programming, professional development, and resources for families.

Statewide Family Engagement Centers

The Arizona Statewide Family Engagement Center will improve academic achievement for disadvantaged students, empower parents with information to make good choices for their child’s education, and increase the capacity of the SEA and LEAs to provide high-quality family literacy and family engagement services.

The Connecticut Statewide Family Engagement Center consists of three main components: 1) A comprehensive, responsive research-based system of direct service provision to families, including parent education programs; 2) a dual-capacity building infrastructure, designed to ensure that there will be a network of support for both families and professionals working in school settings to implement effective, evidence-based family engagement strategies; and 3) a virtual resource repository, including practice guides, training modules and other supports and services, which will be accessible to all stakeholders (families, educators, advocates, students, policy-makers and training and technical assistance providers) involved in family engagement work throughout the state of Connecticut.

The Hawai’i Statewide Family Engagement Center’s is working to build capacity in every community in Hawai‘i, among schools, parents, and community organizations, so that all children thrive developmentally and academically.

The Kentucky Statewide Family Engagement Center (SFEC) will provide a comprehensive family and school partnership framework that creates systemic and sustainable conditions to build the capacity of parents, schools and community-based organizations. Our framework is applicable cradle-to-career and will support student achievement, inform families about educational options and support school improvement.

Massachusetts Statewide Family Engagement Center (MASFEC) is an initiative to promote family engagement in children’s educational experience and to build family, schools, and community organizations capacity to support student success. MASFEC programs and activities support families, districts, schools, and community organizations working to build meaningful partnerships resulting in improved student learning and success.

The Minnesota Statewide Family Engagement Center (MNSFEC) (SFEC) aims to increase students’ academic achievement by supporting families and educators through a variety of free services, such as workshops, webinars, in-services, and presentations.

Nebraska’s Statewide Family Engagement Center‘s mission is to improve academic achievement for disadvantaged students; empower parents of disadvantaged students with information and tools to make good choices for their child’s education; and increase the capacity of SEA, LEAs, and community-based organizations to provide high-quality family literacy and family engagement services.

The  Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center  at The Ohio State University is a leader in the field of family, school, and community engagement. They are located at the Center on Education and Training for Employment within the College of Education and Human Ecology. Their goal is to bring research to action by providing schools and families with the tools they need to work together so all children have success in learning and life.

The South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center (SFEC) unites students, families, schools, and communities together by focusing on learner needs from “cradle to career.” SFEC strives to ensure that all learners—especially English Language Learners (ELL), economically disadvantaged learners and minority students—have the supports they need to achieve academic, career, and life goals. West River Foundation is the fiscal agent in partnership with Black Hills Special Services Cooperative (BHSSC), the SD Department of Education, and the SD Parent Connection.

The West Virginia Family Engagement Center (WVFEC) program is based on current, evidence-based practices that engage families, educators, and community members in the educational process to enhance student academic achievement. This initiative offers families a variety of opportunities to participate in their child’s learning both inside and outside of school.

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