Family Engagement Institute (FEI)


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Stretch to Kindergarten students and families with Dr. Judy Miner, Foothill College President, for a college tour.

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A Stretch to Kindergarten educator and parent working together as partners!

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Ofelia, a FEI leadership class participant, exercises her skills by promoting water consumption in East Palo Alto.

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FEI families with their Foothill College certificates.

FEI works in a dual generational model that promotes child and family learning and well being.

All families dream about raising healthy, successful children, but not all families have equal access to the systems of support that turn the dream into reality.

Elvira’s Story

Elvira's fall experience in the FEI's Strong Start 8-week noncredit college series offered at her son's school, Santa Clara's Scott Lane Elementary, opened the door to new opportunities. One day, Sara, the college student assigned to support the FEI faculty told her story to the group. It was the inspirational story of a young immigrant unfamiliar with the language or the subleties to navigate the education system who, through support and persistence, succeeded as a first-generation college graduate currently awaiting the new of graduate school. Elvira had regularly shared the desire to continue her education during class discussions and that day she approached Sara after class to share the dream of getting an Associate degree at Foothill College. Sara and Elvira followed up with a meeting to review the different programs and course requirements. By the end of the meeting Elvira had enrolled in two Child Development classes and signed up to take her English placement test! Sara arranged to bring Elvira to the college the day of her placement test, give her a campus tour, helped her get a bus pass and introduced her to FEI's office staff where she would be always welcomed to privide any additional support in taking this enormous step. Elvira will continue in the winter with the FEI classess but will also be a Foothill College student on her way to completing a 2-year degree in Child Development. Elvira gave Sara a beautiful book in appreciation for her help but the most important gift exchanged is that Elvira's life will be forever changed, as will Sara's.


Elvira is one of nearly 5,000 low income parents/caregivers the Family Engagement Institute (FEI) has enrolled in Foothill College’s Noncredit Parenting classes in its five year history, providing parents and caregivers with the tools and resources to effectively support their children’s education and well being. FEI has provided trainings and professional development to hundreds of educators and providers serving those families to ensure they had the strategies and skills to authentically engage families. Through FEI’s Stretch to Kindergarten program, 320 children, with no preschool experience, and their families were kindergarten-ready.

FEI 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.

We focus on a systemic and integrated approach, which engages families, educators/providers, and community in a mutually supportive manner. Working along an educational continuum (early childhood - college), FEI utilizes a best practices model that provides programs and educational opportunities to underserved children, parents/caregivers, and the educators/providers who serve those students.

Join us in ensuring that every student has the opportunity to succeed!

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12345 S. El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

(650) 949-6230


Our mission is to change student lives by raising & investing funds to support the educational excellence of Foothill and De Anza colleges.

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