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Family Engagement Institute

About Our Program

The Family Engagement Institute (FEI) was founded in 2010 with the goal of giving parents and caregivers the access, tools, and voice to support their children’s education, while simultaneously supporting their own educational growth and development.

The partnership with Foothill College allows FEI to provide educational materials, toolkits and college faculty to deliver developmentally, culturally and linguistically responsive programs to underserved children in the community, and to invite family members to enroll at Foothill as community college students.

Stretch to Kindergarten

When a child participates in the Stretch to Kindergarten program with FEI at a local elementary school, a caregiver or family member is required to register for FEI’s noncredit parenting class taught by Foothill College faculty.  

FEI has enrolled more than 6,500 students in 11 local school districts since its inception, making an impact on families all over the Silicon Valley.

With both children and families participating in classes, it creates a conversation around the value of education.

Parents who spend time in their child’s classroom do not experience the fear that many families have when sending their child off to school, and it empowers them to participate in their child’s education

Plus, it is never too early for families to promote a college-going identity!

Our Internship Program

Are you a high school, undergraduate or graduate student looking for internship and volunteer opportunities? We invite you to become a STK intern!

We also offer opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in bridging educational inequalities. Contact us about working with our Child Development Academy and Parent Workshop programs.

For Our Community

Read more about the impact FEI makes in our community and how your support this program can help.

Visit our FHDA Foundation to read more and consider donating to our program while you are there!

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Family Engagement Institute


Student Resource Center, Building 5400 Room 5420