The Statewide Family Engagement Center (SFEC) Network is comprised of 12 Statewide Family Engagement Centers in 13 states across the country and works to advance family engagement partnerships to impact educational success.
The U.S. Department of Education established the SFEC program as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which was signed into law in December 2015. Competitive federal grants were awarded in 2018 to the 12 statewide organizations to promote and implement systemic evidenced-based family engagement strategies over five years.
The SFEC Network fosters the sharing of best practices and other forms of collaboration between the SFECs while showcasing its resources and results to stakeholders across the country. It is led by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and the National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) and supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
The Arizona SFEC, led by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), works with local partners to develop and implement a systematic, high-impact infrastructure of family engagement that improves student academic achievement, empowers parents, and increases the capacity of state agencies and organizations to provide high-quality family engagement supports for both parents and practitioners. Its work will result in an improved continuum of evidence-based family engagement supports as well as twelve model demonstration “hubs” throughout the state that deliver evidence-based family literacy and engagement programming.
The Connecticut SFEC, led by the Capitol Region Education Center (CREC), serves as a comprehensive system of direct service provision to families, including parent education programs. It also acts as a dual-capacity building infrastructure, designed to ensure a network of support for both families and professionals working in school settings to implement effective, evidence-based family engagement strategies. Finally, it functions as a virtual resource repository that includes practice guides, training modules, and other supports and services accessible to all stakeholders (families, educators, advocates, students, policymakers, and training and technical assistance providers) involved in family engagement work throughout the state of Connecticut.
The Hawai‘i SFEC believes that family engagement is an equity and learning strategy to support student academic success and school improvement. The Center’s mission is to implement high impact family engagement strategies, programming and policies that build powerful partnerships among family, school, and community, leading to enhanced child development and student achievement.
The Kentucky Collaborative for Families and Schools is a network of families, schools, districts and community partners focused on increasing open communication, learning opportunities and shared decision-making power across the Kentucky education system. The Collaborative believes that high-quality, equitable, and inclusive education is the shared responsibility of families, schools, and communities, and shares a unified voice in advocating for family leadership and effective family-school-community partnerships.
The Collaborative Action for Family Engagement (CAFÉ) works to build educator-family partnerships to support student well-being and achievement in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Together, these states have the opportunity to learn from one another and establish a network of shared leadership and peer support.
The Massachusetts SFEC (MASFEC) builds an equity-driven culture of family engagement, seeking family-led and co-created solutions to the challenges faced by historically marginalized children and youth. Its programs strengthen the capacities of families, educators, healthcare providers and child development professionals to build layers of support that help young people thrive.
The Minnesota SFEC provides services to families and professionals by working collaboratively with 22 partners, including the state agency, school districts, charter schools and community organizations, and outreaching to diverse communities throughout the state.
The Nebraska SFEC, led by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), works 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 SFEC at The Ohio State University works to inspire and equip schools, community organizations, and families to work together to support children’s learning and development from preschool through graduation and beyond. It works for the engagement of every child, from every family, in every school, so all children have the opportunity to succeed in school and in life.
The Carolina Family Engagement Center (CFEC) works to provide all families with access to the high-quality capacity-building opportunities they need to actively engage in their children’s education in partnership with their schools and communities using evidence-based strategies that improve student achievement and development and reduce inequities across South Carolina.
The South Dakota SFEC unites students, families, schools, and communities together by focusing on learner needs from “cradle to career.” It strives to ensure that all learners—especially English Language Learners, economically disadvantaged learners, and minority students—have the supports they need to achieve academic, career, and life goals.
The West Virginia Family Engagement Center (WVFEC) supports enhanced family engagement in 100 schools in West Virginia. The family-inclusive tenets of this program support the idea that an inclusive family-school environment creates a culture of learners that involve families and the school’s community in meaningful contributions to improve the educational results of its students.