From: The Honorable Mark DeSaulnier
Sent By:
nathan.auck@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/28/2017

Deadline Extended: Friday, March 31, 2017
Current Cosigners: Representatives Rice, Tonko, Yarmuth, Cicilline, Shea-Porter, Jackson Lee, Blumenauer, Danny K. Davis, Kihuen, Takano, Murphy, Kuster, Gottheimer, Tipton, Nolan, Barletta, Cohen, Capuano, Perlmutter, Grijalva, Brownley,
Himes, Lujan, Takano, Connely, Tsongas, Titus, Plaskett,
Dear Colleague:
Please join me in sending the attached letter to the Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Subcommittee requesting no less than $10 million for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) grant program for Fiscal Year 2018.
Research has shown that one of the best ways to encourage the academic and social development of students is through engaging their families. Associated results are demonstrated in better attendance, better grades, enrollment in more challenging academic
programs, and higher graduation rates. This improved SFECs program, reauthorized in the Every Student Succeeds Act, focuses on much needed technical assistance and partnership development for states and school districts to better support schools and educators
to engage with families.
I hope you will join me in this effort to provide students, teachers, families, and communities with more resources to help students succeed. To sign on or if you have questions, please contact Nathan Auck in my office at
Nathan.Auck@mail.house.gov or at 5-2095 by March 31th.
Sincerely,
Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress
April 6, 2017
The Honorable Tom Cole
Chairman
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education
2358-B Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education
1016 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro,
As you develop the fiscal year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, we respectfully request that you fund the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC) grant program at its authorized level of $10
million.
Over 40 years of research shows that family engagement is critical for student success. Supporting family engagement provides significant value to all parents, and particularly those who struggled in school or failed to graduate from high school themselves.
Family engagement is an essential component of breaking that cycle for the next generation. Students whose families are involved in their children’s academic success attend school more regularly, earn better grades, enroll in more challenging academic programs,
and have higher graduation rates. The SFEC program will harness what we know to help schools and districts implement systematic family engagement programs that build ties between the community, families, and schools.
During the crafting of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), both the House and Senate recognized the vital role of parent and family engagement in education by maintaining the SFEC program (formerly known as the Parental Information and Resource Centers)
as a standalone program in their respective bills. The improved SFEC program focuses on much needed technical assistance and partnership development for states and school districts to better support schools and educators to engage with families. Research is
clear that this engagement will further the academic and developmental progress of our nation’s children and drive increases in student achievement and other positive outcomes.
Investing in family engagement efforts is important to ensuring not only that families are meaningfully supported and engaged in the education of their children, but that our nation’s students are fully prepared for higher education, workforce, and career
opportunities in the 21st Century.
Thank you for your consideration of this request. We look forward to working with you to support this important program.
Sincerely,