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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.

Naty’s Story

Naty, mother of a student at Graham Middle School in Mountain View, came from Mexico three years ago seeking to provide greater opportunities for her son. Naty’s son was struggling in school, and though Naty didn’t speak English or know how to navigate the school system, she was determined to find resources to ensure her son succeeded academically. She learned about ELAC, English Language Advisory Committee, and upon realizing that there were no other parents participating at Graham, connected with other Latino parents and recruited them to join. FEI staff presented at a DELAC, District English Language Advisory Committee, meeting about free parenting workshops offered in English and Spanish at a nearby middle school and Naty jumped at the opportunity.

Participating in our classes not only gave Naty the information and resources as to how to support her adolescent’s learning and development, but strengthened her innate leadership skills, and enabled her to envision college not only as a goal for her son, but for herself as well. “My son and I plan on attending college together!”

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Naty is one of nearly 5,000 low income parents/caregivers the Family Engagement Institute (FEI) has enrolled in Foothill College’s Non-Credit Parenting classes in its four 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.

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    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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