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Neighborhood Family Engagement Collaborative

Are you interested in learning about agencies and resources in Santa Clara County that can help you support your families?  The Neighborhood Family Engagement Collaborative (NFEC) convenes service providers and family engagement professionals once a month for a lunch-time meeting at the Bascom Library in San Jose.  The meetings include short presentations from local service agencies, reflective practice activities, and announcements.  Contact Ms. Jaime Velazquez (Family Engagement Specialist, Catholic Charities) at (408) 380-8607 for more information and to RSVP if you wish to attend!


2016 NFEC Calendar

Contact Information

Ms. Nicole Steward


Family & Community Engagement Manager

McKinney-Vento / Homeless Liaison

Foster Youth Liaison

SARB Coordinator

(408) 635-2600 x6043


Ms. Toby S. Librande

Family Engagement Grant Coordinator

408.635.2686 x5571


Mr. Robert Jung

President, CEO

Milpitas Community Educational Endowment

Principles of Family Engagement

Family engagement is a shared responsibility in which schools and other community organizations are committed to reaching out to involve families in meaningful ways and families are committed to actively supporting their children’s learning and development. The Santa Clara County community will be inspired and supported to create partnerships where families are valued, nurtured, and engaged in children’s education and healthy development.


Partnership: The reciprocal relationship between families and staff is one of equality and respect, resulting in the creation of a mutually beneficial partnership. Success comes from promoting the excellence of all partners.


Family Strengths: Families are assets, not barriers to overcome or work around. They are vital resources to themselves, to one another, and to programs.


Social Support: Support is important to all families. Social support networks create connections and build relationships, promoting the overall well-being of the child, the family, and the community.


Cultural Competence: Each family’s culture is recognized, valued, respected, and reflected in practice.


Shared Leadership and Power: Families and staff are partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs.


Shared Responsibility: All community members recognize that learning begins at birth and occurs in multiple settings and all take responsibility for expanding learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation.


Child Success: Families, staff, and community members collaborate to advocate that children have access to opportunities that equitably support their success and healthy development.


Click here for a copy of the Principles of Family Engagement.


Adapted from principles developed by the Harvard Family Research Project, Parent Services Project, and the National PTA.


Santa Clara County Early Learning Master Plan

Santa Clara County Office of Education Early Learning Services Department, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, 95131-2304 408.453.3605

Family Engagement Task Force Team


Mr. Robert Jung

Parent / MCEE President


Ms. Usha Narayanan

Adult Education




Task Force Staff

Ms. Kathleen Lincoln

Child Development Centers

Program Director, Retired


Ms. Toby S. Librande

Family Engagement

Grant Coordinator

408.635.2686 x5571


Ms. Linda Lambert

Milpitas Family Literacy Project

Program Coordinator, 2008-2016

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Family and Community Engagement

We define family engagement as the collaboration between families and schools that drives student achievement. 1

We consider family engagement to be a central educational pillar which strengthens all of the work at the classroom, school, district, and community levels - not an "add-on" program. » Family Engagement. (2015, January 1). Retrieved January 7, 2015, from 

Our Families ❤ Our Partners

Family Engagement in the News!

Family engagement is increasingly seen as a promising strategy for school improvement.  Listed below are some recent news articles highlighting creative initiatives throughout the country.


DPS Targets 10,000 Home Visits, by Basha Cohen | North Denver Tribune, March 18, 2016

In D.C., a radical shift in parent involvement, by Michael Levenson | Boston Globe, March 29, 2016

To reach parents, schools try universal language of data, by Jane Meredith Adams | Ed Source, April 3, 2016

How Can Schools Tap Into Parent Power For the Good of Students? by Zaidee Stavely | KQED News, January 25, 2016

Family Involvement News, by the Harvard Family Research Project

Want more?  Visit the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project “In the News” page for an extensive compendium of timely news articles and resources around family and school partnerships.

MUSD's Family Engagement Resource Guide

Family Engagement Resource Guide:  A "Menu of Opportunities" Framework

Developed over the 2014-2015 school year by the Milpitas Unified School District’s Family Engagement Task Force (FETF), this document highlights a range of family engagement strategies and approaches for classrooms, schools, and the district.  The co-chairs and staff thank the many dedicated individuals who collaborated to bring this plan to life.

CDE Family Engagement Framework

The California Department of Education recognizes the importance of family-school partnerships and has revised their practical, user-friendly guide to help school districts. This tool features principles of family engagement, a run-down of district family engagement requirements, handouts for families, and much, much more! Especially useful are the Appendices which include research reviews, short summaries of some articles which link family engagement to student achievement, and up-to-date comprehensive lists of parent involvement state and federal code and regulations.


Family Engagement Framework - A Tool for California School Districts - English


Marco de Compromiso Familiar - Una Herramienta Para Los Distritos Escolares De California​ - Español

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Family Engagement Task Force 2014-2015

A Brief History...

Milpitas Unified's Family Engagement Task Force convened between May 19, 2014 and May 19, 2015 as a collaborative consisting of family, staff, and community stakeholders.  The Task Force was charged with developing an adaptive, customizable three year Resource Guide for local early education and elementary schools to use to enhance authentic family and community engagement at their sites.  The Santa Clara County Principles of Family Engagement served as the framework for the work.

The plan was designed to serve as a tool to help sites address requirements created under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and as mandated by the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  Mr. Robert Jung and Ms. Usha Narayanan served as co-chairs and Ms. Kathy Lincoln and Ms. Toby Librande staffed the collaborative.  Meetings were held once a month on the third Tuesday at different locations across the school district.

Meeting Presentations ~ A Year of Learning

Our Family Engagement Task Force meetings were enriched by the presentations of a number of experts in the field of parent and family engagement.  Listed below are the names and topics covered by our featured guest speakers with links to their handouts and presentations.

8/26/14             Involvement versus Engagement: Exploring the continuum from involving to engaging families – Kathy Lincoln, MUSD

9/16/14             What Success Looks Like:  Consideration of the desired outcomes for the Family Engagement Task Force (FETF) under the Heising-Simons Foundation grant – Kathy Lincoln, MUSD

10/21/14           MUSD's Developmental Assets Survey 2013 Results: How do schools, families, and the community together provide the web of support for all of our students? – Anne Ehresman, Project Cornerstone

11/18/14           Parent University Brainstorm: An exercise in identifying key elements to successful and relevant MUSD parent universities – Bhavna Narula, MUSD

12/16/14           Foothill Family Engagement Institute (FEI): Our local experts in family engagement partner with educational institutions and community organizations to teach about and to support authentic family engagement efforts – Betsy Nikolchev and Carmen Ponce, FEI

1/20/15           School Smarts:  California PTA’s family engagement program teaches families about advocacy and the school system in general so that parents feel more comfortable engaging with their child’s school to support student achievement – Colette Rudd, PTA

2/10/15           California Family Engagement (CAFE) Presentation and the Family Engagement Framework (2014): The California Department of Education prioritizes family engagement as an essential strategy to support the success of all students – Nancy Bodenhausen, CDE (Sacramento)

3/17/15           Family Engagement Success:  Identification and measurement of outcomes is foundational to true family engagement improvements – Elena Lopez, Harvard Family Research Project

4/21/15           Family-School Survey 2015 Results:  A temperature reading of areas of strength and areas for improvement – Robert Jung, PTA

5/19/15           Heising-Simons Foundation Family Engagement Grant Making: Investing in communities to support the implementation of research-based family engagement programs and strategies – Marjorie Fujiki, Heising-Simons Foundation

Task Force Composition

Family & School Partnership Survey 2015

Family & School Partnership Survey 2015

Your role in your child’s education is important!

In the spring of 2015, the Family Engagement Task Force created and administered a family engagement survey to gauge the general “temperature” of how ...more

FETF Members Hard at Work

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The FETF is made possible through generous funding by the Heising-Simons Foundation 2014-2015.

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Students thrive through family, educator, and community partnerships

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Family Engagement: Resources

There are numerous resources available to learn more about family engagement best practices and models.  Here are a few to get you started:

​​Check out this nine part series to “learn about family, school, and community, engagement research, best practices from the field, and new innovations that are making a difference in school improvement and student learning.

Visit this site to see a massive collection of research and resources for parents and teachers alike, making the case for enhanced partnership.

The mission of this national organization is to involve parents and communities in their children’s education to achieve lifelong student success.  Their broad website offers information and resources for Trainings, Advocacy, and Reaching Families.

(FEI) provides local “continued educational opportunities that increase family engagement and leadership for parents/caregivers, educators/providers, and the community.”

This is the national leader in research, policy, and practice for family engagement and involvement.

(NNPS) "invites schools, districts, states, and organizations to join together and use research-based approaches to organize and sustain excellent programs of family and community involvement that will increase student success in school."

The National PTA emphasizes the importance of family-school partnerships with six national standards and an implementation guide as well.

They are our local experts in PreK-3 family engagement services, Leaders for Change, and Mentores Project.

Santa Clara County's gem of an organization partners with schools to promote the Search Institute's developmental asset approach - including students, families, teachers, and community members.  Check out their school-based services for elementary schools to see how they can help.

This site from Harvard's Graduate School of Education offers research-based reports and interviews about family empowerment and involvement and explains why these matter for positive child outcomes.

Harvard & SurveyMonkey Team Up

The Harvard School of Education and SurveyMonkey have teamed up to provide schools and districts an easy-to-use, research-based approach to family survey design and outreach. The K-12 Parent Survey ...more

...students thrive through family, educator, and community partnership...

FETF Meeting Documents

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