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Family Engagement Institute

Our Vision and Approach


The Family Engagement Institute bridges educational inequalities by providing opportunities that strengthen the capacity of families, schools and communities, working together to ensure the success of all students from early childhood through college.


All children, youth and families realize their full life potential because they have equal access and leverage the opportunities and systems of support critical to their success and well-being.

Our Unique Approach

FEI's innovative cradle-to-career Foothill College initiative provides educational opportunities to underserved, low-income families and professional development to educators and providers, focusing on promoting family engagement, school and workforce readiness, and pathways to postsecondary education. Our program has been described as a multi-generational model Pathways to College For Two Generations.

In collaboration with Foothill College, FEI provides educational materials and faculty from the community college to deliver programs to our partner organizations.

Family members working through our partner organizations, such as K-12 schools, become community college students under the Foothill's noncredit parenting division and courses offered.

It is never too early for families to begin to promote a college-going identity!


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Family Engagement Institute


Student Resource Center, Building 5400 Room 5420