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Family Engagement Institute

Policy & Community Collaboration

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Local & National Contributions That
Influence Policy Making

The Family Engagement Institute contributes to the local and national discussion by increasing awareness of effective systemic, integrated and sustained family engagement that influences policy making and practices.
FEI has been featured in numerous publications, and received recognition and academic acknowledgement:
  • Featured in Foothill-De Anza College District Report to the League For Innovation in the Community College, 2011 & 2017
  • Featured in Early Edge CA Video: “Learn with Us,” 2014
  • Provided input on a Harvard Family Research Project – Family Engagement Joint Federal Policy Statement, U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2015
  • National Public Radio (NPR) Marketplace Interview with Deepa Fernandes: “Silicon Valley’s Economic Divide Starts in Preschool,” 2016
  • Hosted a Bay Area premiere screening of Peabody Award-Winning Documentary, “Don’t Tell Anyone (No le Digas a Nadie)” – a film that follows immigrant activist Angy’s personal story from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of The New York Times, 2016
  • Hosted 11th Annual Kids In Common Children’s Summit “With Equity and Justice For All,” 2018
  • Contributed chapter for book produced by University of Virginia, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching & Learning: “Kindergarten Transition & Readiness: Promoting Cognitive, Social-Emotional & Self-Regulatory Development,” 2018
  • Contributed to the Advancement Project’s Early Childhood Education and Family Engagement, We Rise Learning Space – a learning community cohort of Bay Area nonprofits to inform policy and system change, 2018
  • Panelist for Parent & Community Learning and Action Network – Carnegie Corporation, NY, 2019
Additionally, FEI has been an active participant in county-wide collaborative work groups and task force teams, including:
  • Advisory Council and Revenue & Resource Governance Committees, Foothill College
  • Global Family Research Project
  • National Association for Family, School & Community
  • Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Foothill College
  • Santa Clara & San Mateo Bi-County Early Learning Family Engagement Summit, 2013-2014
  • Santa Clara County: Children’s Vision Council, Strong Start, & School-Linked Services
  • Santa Clara County Office of Education: Head Start Planning Task Force & Early Learning Master Plan
  • Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits
  • Silicon Valley Children’s Advocacy Network
  • West ED Center for Child and Family Studies


Recognizing families as partners in change invites us to ensure that family identity is visible and respected in the learning environment. Learning can no longer be understood as a one-way exchange where we teach, they learn.

 – Willms, Friesen, & Milton (2009)

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