The National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)

NAFSCE is the first membership association focused solely on advancing family, school, and community engagement (FSCE).



Advancing high-impact policies and practices for family, school, and community engagement to promote child development and improve student achievement.


A world where family engagement is universally practiced as an essential strategy for improving children’s learning and advancing equity. 

  • Continuous improvement
  • Collaboration
  • Relationship-centered
  • Inclusion
  • Educational equity
  • Member-driven
  • Results-orientation
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Advocacy for the field

We invite you to learn more about our programs, policy work, and resources for all professionals involved in the work of engaging families and communities in the development and advancement of our children. 

Join us! Become a NAFSCE Member today to enjoy our many member benefits. 


The idea of creating a professional association to advance high-impact family, school and community engagement grew out of the work of two national coalitions, the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE) and the National Family, School and Community Engagement Working Group.  

For over thirty years, NCPIE provided professionals in the field an opportunity to share ideas through monthly meetings and conference calls. NAFSCE began its work through NCPIE’s extensive network of relationships. We are greatly indebted to the vision and dedication of Sue Ferguson, who served for sixteen years as chair of NCPIE.

In 2009, a group of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers convened the National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group to share information and shape policy with the White House, the Department of Education, and leaders on Capitol Hill. Many former members of the National Working Group now serve on NAFSCE's Founding Board.

National Working Group members, Susan Shaffer, Anne Henderson, and Deborah Roderick Stark, with the participation of key thought leaders in the field, developed the concept for a new association. Holly Kreider at the Heising-Simons Foundation saw the potential for NAFSCE and the Foundation generously provided a planning grant and subsequent grants allowed NAFSCE to flourish.

The Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc. (MAEC), led by Susan Shaffer, served as NAFSCE’s host organization in its first year, providing organizational support, office space, and staff to support NAFSCE. MAEC has a long history of promoting equity and providing strong programming in FSCE.

NAFSCE is forever grateful for the hard work and vision of these organizations and their exceptional members.

Thanks to Our Partners