Family Engagement

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Reciprocal relationships in which families and early childhood programs work together are critical to support children’s learning.

As an active partner in children’s education, families help create meaningful learning experiences for children at home, as well as in early education settings, in schools, and in communities to ensure continuity and enhance learning.

These collaborations and partnerships between families and early childhood programs and schools are effective ways to advance learning. Additionally, home visiting—voluntary programs that bring trained individuals into homes to provide information and support throughout a child’s early years—has proven successful in improving children’s learning and development.

Our grants support coordinated and evidence-based family engagement services in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties; research and evaluation to identify effective program models nationally; and policy analysis to increase public investment in, and effective practices for, family engagement in California and across the nation. Increasingly, we are seeking to support professional development and learning opportunities that better prepare teachers and administrators to meaningfully engage families (especially low-income and immigrant families) and that result in learning institutions that prioritize the authentic engagement of families.

The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

Photo courtesy of San Jose Grail Family Services
Photo courtesy of Families in Schools
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