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join-01NAFSCE has launched a national movement to build capacity and leadership, advance evidence-based practices, and promote effective policies for family, school, and community engagement from the school house to the White House.

At NAFSCE, we work with our members every day to promote child development, transform low-performing schools, and erase the achievement gap.

If you share our commitment to improving family, school and community engagement join the NAFSCE movement today!



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Through its website and NAFSCE Network meetings, NAFSCE will give you access to cutting-edge information, link you to high quality programs and resources, give you news about the latest developments in the field, and offer access to a research and information clearinghouse.

As a member, you also will benefit from professional learning networks, a talent bank featuring skilled professionals across the country, professional development, a job bank, and opportunities to participate in advocacy and policy formation.

NAFSCE proudly announces the launch of its individual membership campaign. Become a founding member today!

If you’re an afterschool or early childhood professional, educator, not-for-profit leader, parent facilitator/coordinator, parent leader, policymaker, practitioner, researcher, or state/district/school leader, please join us. NAFSCE is your advocate and all are welcome.

Become A Partner


NAFSCE is committed to working in synergy with diverse stakeholders who influence and/or impact family engagement in education. We offer a variety of partnership and sponsorship opportunities to support the advancement of our mission and vision.



NAFSCE offers the following levels of participation to enable diverse opportunities for engagement in our mission and vision starting with contributions as low as $1,000.

  • Founding Presenting Partners
  • Founding Champions
  • Founding Partners
  • Founding Friends
  • Founding Supporters


NAFSCE is interested in partnerships with a variety of organizations:

  • not-for-profit organizations supporting family engagement
  • a state or regional not-for-profits
  • higher education institutions
  • state and national associations
  • corporations and foundations interested in advancing family engagement



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Our Founding Funder

The Heising-Simons Foundation – NAFSCE recognizes its first and founding funder, the Heising-Simons Foundation, who provided a one year planning grant, followed by a one year implementation grant. Their funding enabled the establishment of NAFSCE. The Heising-Simons Foundation is dedicated to advancing sustainable solutions in the environment, supporting groundbreaking research in science, and enhancing the education of our youngest learners. For more information, please go to



Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc. (MAEC) – NAFSCE also recognizes its Founding Parent Organization, the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc. (MAEC), led by Founder Susan Shaffer, whose staff worked tirelessly in the planning and first-year implementation stages to advance NAFSCE. MAEC’s mission is to promote excellence and equity in education to achieve social justice. For more information, please go to



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David and Lucile Packard Foundation – For more than 50 years, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation has worked with partners around the world to improve the lives of children, families, and communities—and to restore and protect our planet. For more information, please go to



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Education Development Center (EDC) – EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with public and private partners, we strive for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives. Our conviction that learning is the liberating force in human development unites our work to address diverse issues. For more information, please go to



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National Education Association (NEA) – The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA’s 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States. For more information, please go to



SEDL – As an affiliate of the American Institutes for Research, SEDL’s mission is to strengthen the connections among research, policy, and practice in order to improve outcomes for all learners. For more information, please go to


ZG Ventures:

ZG Ventures is a private investment firm with a primary focus on improving health and education through innovative uses of technology. Its mission is to work collaboratively with others to increase the availability of high quality health and education resources globally. Z-G founded Cricket Media. Cricket Media is an education media company that provides award-winning content on a safe and secure learning network for children, families, and teachers across the world. Cricket Media’s popular media brands include Babybug and Cricket Magazine. The Company’s innovative web-based K12 tools for school and home include the ePals Global Community serving over one million classrooms and families as well as In2Books, its research-tested common core eMentoring program, for building reading, writing, and thinking skills.


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NAFSCE Network Meetings

Join us for NAFSCE’s Network Meetings! The NAFSCE Network meets monthly (9 months per year) to support and elevate the field in advancing high impact family and community engagement. Thanks to our partnership with the National Education Association (NEA), all NAFSCE Network Meetings are held at the NEA’s offices in Washington, DC, typically on a webinar platform, with the opportunity for in-person or virtual participation. Sessions typically occur the last Wednesday of the month. The sessions are separated into three categories:


Capacity Building

Capacity building meetings offer rich information on the latest thinking in the field. Presenters will typically pair a expert and a practitioner.

Platform for Practices

 These meetings will provide an opportunity for the field to present best practices and new research. The agenda will include up to five presentations and time for questions and comments from the field.

Policy Conversation

Policy conversations will feature a panel with lively discussion of current policy issues. Q&A will engage the field in crafting NAFSCE’s policy agenda.


Capacity building webinars help to build your capacity for delivering high-impact family, school, and community engagement practices. Nationally recognized experts paired with local practitioners present breakthrough information, from summarizing recent research to sharing effective practices.

These webinars are presented in person (for those in the DC Metro area) and virtually. Each Capacity Building Webinar allows for full audience participation and open Q & A.

Archived Capacity Building Webinars:

  • January 25, 2017
    How States Promote Equity In Education
    This online webinar focused on how states are leading the way in using family engagement to advance equity in education. Presenters included:
    Lacy Wood, American Institute for Research
    Judy Carson, Connecticut Department of Education
    Chrishirella Warthen-Sutton, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
    Sarah Ogeto, Illinois State Board of Education
    Recorded Presentation
  • October 28, 2015
    Ready to Learn: Supporting 21st Century Learners
    This webinar featured the CPB-PBS Ready to Learn Initiative discussing  their dynamic content, engagement, and research on increasing school readiness. Ready to Learn targets children ages 2-8, in preschool through second grade, from low-income and English Language Learning homes, to support school readiness and early childhood education through online games, resources, television programming, and professional development for teachers.

    Participants increased their knowledge of new and free media resources, available in English and Spanish, to support today’s tech-savvy children and families to improve outcomes. In addition, participants took a closer look at implementation models from select public media stations and partners who are working together to test new service and outreach designs in low-income communities.

    Recorded Presentation

  • September 16, 2015
    Engaging Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Families in Education
    Presenters: Moderator: Susan Shaffer, President, Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc.; Presenters: Pamela Higgins Harris, Senior Educational Equity Advisor, The Mid-Atlantic Equity Center; Jess Gropen, Senior Research Scientist, LASErS, EDC; Jessican Wildman, Family and Community Engagement Specialist, LASErS, EDC
    NAFSCE kicked off its 2015-16 program year with a webinar on Engaging Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Families in Education. The webinar featured experts from The Mid-Atlantic Equity Center, who provided an overview of the principles of culturally responsive family engagement to create welcoming schools and classrooms. Participants also heard from experts at the Education Development Center’s Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science (LASErS) project. LASErS works to build the capacity of families to become authentic partners in their children’s English language development and academic progress, while also maintaining the use of their home language.
    Recorded Presentation
  • April 22, 2015
    Parent Engagement in Transition
    Presenters: Margaret Caspe, Harvard Family Research Project; and Ken Smythe-Leistico and Laurie Aronoff Mulvey of Ready Freddy
    This webinar focused on the importance of transition to kindergarten. It emphasized the role of both sending and receiving schools in working with families to ensure successful transition. Effective models were highlighted, depicting the strategy as well as the funding that supports such models. Policy recommendations were discussed based on this conversation.
    Recorded Presentation
  • February 25, 2015
    Securing our Future – Building an Effective Parent Engagement Program and the Critical Role of Latino Parents in Preparing their Young Children for Success
    Presenters: Sandra Gutierrez, Abriendo Puertas; Alicia Torres and Selma Caal, Child Trends; and Ruth Yoon, Los Angeles Unified School District
    Ms. Torres provided findings from the most recent U.S. Census data on low-income Latino children. Ms. Gutierrez presented on the development of the Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors program, the nation’s first evidence-based, comprehensive training program for parents with children 0-5 designed by and for Latino families. Ms. Caal then presented research from an impact study on the Abriendo Puertas program, and Ms. Yoon discussed implementation of the program in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
    Recorded Presentation
  • January 28, 2015
    Success in Family Engagement through U.S. Department of Education’s Investments in Innovation (i3) Initiative
    Presenters: Joanna Geller, Annenberg Institute for School Reform; Aurelio Montemayor, Intercultural Development Research Association; Momoko Hayakawa, Child-Parent Center Education Program; Lynn McDonald, Families and Schools Together (FAST)
    Four programs funded by the federal i3 grants shared preliminary findings and discussed experiences of building, sustaining, and evaluating meaningful family, school, and community partnerships. This webinar offered pertinent lessons learned, and delved into challenges encountered in implementation and evaluation.
    Recorded Presentation
  • October 29, 2014
    Raising a Reader and the Importance of Early Literacy
    Presenter: Gabrielle Miller, Raising a Reader
    Ms. Miller presented the Raising a Reader model, explaining how it serves families with children ages 0-8.  She unveiled new research from Child Trends on the effectiveness of the RAR model. Miller also spoke to how RAR can be used as an enhancement to many formal and informal early learning programs.
  • October 1, 2014
    Families in Schools and California’s Local Control Funding Formula
    Presenter: Oscar Cruz, Families in Schools
    Mr. Cruz presented on Families in Schools, including their approach to engaging families and the programming that the organization offers. He will also speak about California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the opportunity LCFF presents for parent voice to shape the accountability plans developed by school districts.

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These meetings provide an opportunity for you to share with and learn from your colleagues. The agenda will include up to five presentations focused on topics of interest to the field.

These meetings are presented in person (for those in the DC Metro area) and virtually. Each Platform for Practices Sharing Meeting allows for full audience participation and open Q & A.

Archived Sharing Meetings:

  • April 27, 2016
    NAFSCE Participant Sharing and Discussion

    April’s sharing meeting  highlighted the exceptional work of the Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project, a nationally replicated model of family engagement. PTHVP increases student and school success by building and sustaining a national network of partners who effectively implement and advance a relationship-based home-visit model of family and teacher engagement in public schools across the United States. At their core, home visits are all about empowering teachers and families to tailor learning experiences in ways that support kids’ individual needs. It also featured two extraordinary upcoming events: IEL’s National Family Engagement Conference – Owning Our Movement, Maximizing Our Impact and MAEC’s Boosting Success for 21st Century Learners conference.
    Recorded Presentation
  • March 23. 2016, 2-4:30 pm
    Kellogg Family Engagement Grantees: Progress Report
    In 2014, the W.K. Kellogg foundation made a $13.7 million investment to empower parents as leaders and key decision makers in education. Thirty organizations from across the country are developing and implementing transformative family engagement models that connect schools, communities and families for economic and early school success. W.K. Kellogg Foundation and its Family Engagement grantees from Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science shared their progress with participants.
    Recorded Presentation
  • December 9, 2015
    NAFSCE Participant Sharing and Discussion
    Participants had an opportunity to share highlights of their work and engage each other in thoughtful discussion and brainstorming.
  • May 27, 2015
    Platform for Practices Sharing Meeting
    NAFSCE Participant Sharing and Discussion Meeting and Progress Report on NAFSCE
    Participants had an opportunity to share highlights of their work and engage each other in thoughtful discussion and brainstorming.
  • December 17, 2014
    Platform for Practices Sharing Meeting
    NAFSCE Participant Sharing and Discussion Meeting and Progress Report on NAFSCE
    Participants had an opportunity to share highlights of their work and engage each other in thoughtful discussion and brainstorming.


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Policy conversations provide an opportunity for us to collectively engage in discussion about federal and state policy that can help to bolster family, school, and community engagement practices. Hear about pending policy and share your examples of effective policies at the state or district level.

These meetings are conducted as webinars. They are presented in person (for those in the DC Metro area) and virtually. Each Engage in Policy Conversation allows for full audience participation and open Q & A.

Archived Policy Conversation Webinars:

  • May 25, 2016
    Advancing High-Impact Family Engagement Through Federal Policy and Technical Assistance
    The US Department of Education (USDE) joined our May NAFSCE Network meeting to share highlights from the release of the ED-HHS Policy Statement on Family Engagement from the Early Years through the Early Grades.  You can read NAFSCE’s comments on this policy statement here.

    We also featured our partner, Education Development Center (EDC), who  provided the field with an overview of the new federally funded National Center for Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE).
    Recorded Presentation
  • February 24, 2016
    Every Student Succeeds Act: A NAFSCE Townhall Policy ConversationPresenters: Anne T. Henderson Annenberg Institute for School Reform NAFSCE Board Member; Vito Borrello Executive Director, NAFSCE; Debra Jennings Executive Co-Director, SPAN National Projects NAFSCE Board Member; Candace Cortiella Executive Director Advocacy Institute
    A panel of presenters discussed family engagement in the ESSA Legislation. The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of families, schools, and communities across the country.
    Recorded Presentation
  • March 25, 2015
    The Future of Family Engagement in Title I, Elementary and Secondary Education Act
    Presenters: Alexis Holmes, National Education Association; Thomas Sheridan, National Head Start Association; Jacki Ball, National PTA; Jacque Chevalier, U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and the Workforce.
    A panel of presenters provided an overview of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization efforts specific to family engagement which was followed by a general discussion about the field’s policy interests and priorities.
    Recorded Presentation

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