NAFSCE is committed to working with diverse stakeholders who influence and/or impact family engagement in education as an essential strategy to improve children’s learning.
The Heising-Simons Foundation
NAFSCE recognizes its first and founding funder, the Heising-Simons Foundation, whose funding, as well as their vision and commitment to the advancement of family engagement, 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 www.heisingsimons.org.
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 www.maec.org.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.
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 www.packard.org.
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation
The largest philanthropic organization in New England that focuses exclusively on education. The Foundation supports the promotion and integration of student-centered approaches to learning at the high school level across New England—where learning is personalized; learning is competency-based; learning takes place anytime, anywhere; and students exert ownership over their own learning. To elevate student-centered approaches, the Foundation utilizes a four-part strategy that focuses on: building educator ownership, understanding and capacity; advancing quality and rigor of SCL practices; developing effective systems designs; and building public understanding and demand. For more information about the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, visit www.nmefoundation.org.
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 www.nea.org.
FACE research-based programs, resources, and services provide educators, parents, and community leaders the solutions they need to help all children succeed. Services and programs include school and district consulting; professional learning through on-location, interactive sessions; take-home books at significant discounts; and literacy kits including extensive resources that help educators and administrators enhance student and family engagement. For more information, visit www.scholastic.com/face.
Successful Innovations partners with schools and school districts by providing a mobile-based family engagement platform to support effective outreach to families, capacity building for educators, and measurable results to assess the impact of family and school partnerships. www.si4all.com
Ready4K is an evidence-based family engagement program delivered via text message. Developed by Stanford-trained educational researchers, Ready4K is proven to increase family engagement and children’s development by 2–3 months over the course of a school year. The Ready4K curriculum covers birth through 3rd grade and is available in English, Spanish and Arabic. www.ready4k.org
Strong Fathers Strong Families
For the past 15 years, Strong Fathers-Strong Families has been effectively working with schools, Head Starts, and early childhood programs to deliver engaging activities that help children achieve. www.strongfathers.com
PIQE - Parent Institute for Quality Education
Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) is a national organization providing families with the knowledge and skills essential to actively engage in their children’s education and to strengthen parent-school-community partnership and collaboration. PIQE provides empowering information, skills development and support systems for communities of color, English Learners, immigrant and low-income families. This family engagement empowerment model has benefitted approximately 1.5 million children in its 32-year history. A recent longitudinal study showed that children of PIQE graduates, graduate from high school and attend college at higher rates than their peers.
This family engagement program is being successfully replicated in 15 states and has been taught in sixteen different languages. www.piqe.org