Family Engagement Institute
A Community Approach to Advancing Equity
All families dream about raising healthy, successful children but not all families have equal access to the systems of support that turn this dream into a reality.
Message from the Executive Director
Betsy Nikolchev on the importance of meaningful, authentic family engagement in K-12 schools and beyond.
The FEI intern and mentor model provides first-generation youth with valuable service leadership opportunities, allowing them to develop a deeper awareness of the community they serve, and the ability to grow and learn under the mentorship of experienced educators.
Students broaden their understanding of family engagement, social justice, and child development, and gain skills in communication and collaboration, critical thinking, growth mindset, cultural sensitivity and leadership.
Family Engagement & Family Bridge to College
FEI offers families with children in preschool through high school affordable and accessible continued multigenerational educational opportunities that are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically responsive in six content areas through Noncredit Parenting (NCP) College Courses.
Family Bridge to College Day provides first hand experiences that support families in navigating systems of higher education. It is an all-day Saturday field trip to experience the Foothill College campus. The day is designed to give both families and school staff a college campus experience.
Professional Development & Coaching
FEI works closely with its partners to customize professional development, technical assistance, and coaching to maximize learning opportunities for educators and families together in order to build strong partnerships in realizing the influence of family on the healthy outcomes of children and youth.
Recognizing families as partners in change invites us to ensure that family identity is visible and respected in the learning environment.
FEI leads the Foothill College DREAMers UndocuALLY, a safe space of resources, legal counsel and trainings to protect the hopes and dreams of immigrant families for their children to be first in the family to attend college.
The DREAMers UndocuALLY project creates a college-wide culture where our undocumented community feels safe and encouraged to pursue education and engage in the campus community.
Policy & Community Collaboration
FEI contributes to the local and national discussion by increasing awareness of effective systemic, integrated and sustained family engagement that influences policy making and practices.
FEI has been featured in numerous publications, and received recognition and academic acknowledgement.