COVID-19 Response
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NAFSCE's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has changed our way of life for an indefinite period of time. Families, educators, and other practitioners across the country are struggling with how to adjust to this new reality and what it means for children. When it comes to education during these challenging circumstances, families need access to information and learning ideas, ways to understand the information, and ways to take action on it.

NAFSCE is providing the following opportunities for our field to learn from and collaborate with each other:  


Complimentary NAFSCE Membership:

To support the family engagement field during this critical time, NAFSCE is opening access to its member resources for all family engagement professionals, parents, advocates, and policymakers now through July 1, 2020. Working together, we can find new ways to engage and serve the families and students that rely on us. We hope you'll take advantage of NAFSCE's resources, including our online community, Member Connect, to share resources and ideas, learn from other's progress, and gain support from your colleagues and peers.



Resources and Services Repository:

NAFSCE has expanded its Resource Library to include a collection of learning resources, free or reduced cost services, and information sources related to engaging families and transforming how we do our work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the Resource Library, then click on the Quick Filter to see Coronavirus Resources.  If you know of a resource or service that is not listed, please email Alice Clark at

Do you have a program or resource you'd like to see featured on this page? Email us!


Policy Statements

School Reopening

As officials and decision makers across the United States continue to plan the reopening of schools across the country, it is important that all stakeholders are provided opportunities for input at the table, especially parents and families. In a time where the COVID-19 pandemic has forced distance learning to become a primary method of instruction in K-16 education, it will take informed community stakeholders on all levels to fill exacerbated gaps and exposed inequities to assure that children are afforded adequate access to quality education going forward. NAFSCE urges federal, state, and local leaders and policymakers to incorporate equitable family and community engagement into all reopening plans and address it moving forward:

  • Champion Equity and Diversity
  • Value and Support Families as Decision-Makers
  • Build the Capacity of Educators to Effectively Engage Families
  • Provide Families With Access and Resources To Be Learning Partners
  • Support Family Well-Being
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Summer Webinar Series: Trauma-Informed Family and Community Engagement

Original Program Dates: June 24, July 1, and July 22 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and social and political climate have affected the families and communities we serve in myriad ways - from widespread unemployment and food insecurity to violence and the deaths of loved ones. These types of traumatic experiences can have profound and lasting effects, especially for children.

In this webinar series, we explored trauma and the protective factors that help build resilience and counteract the adverse effects of trauma. We also saw how communities, schools, organizations and individuals around the country are using a trauma-informed lens to guide their work.

NAFSCE Members: View the presentations and video.

Not yet a NAFSCE member? Sign up for our complimentary membership program, available now through September 30, 2020.


Webinar: Engaging Families Through the Coronavirus Pandemic: National Organizations Share Their Plans

Wednesday, March 25, 3:00 - 4:30 pm EST

In this webinar, national organizations shared their plans for responding to the pandemic. Attendees asked questions and shared their own ideas and resources through our webinar chat feature. 


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