Mark DeSaulnier

From the office of:

Mark DeSaulnier

Sending Office: Honorable Mark DeSaulnier
Sent By:

Deadline: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in sending the attached letter to the Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Subcommittee requesting no less than $15 million for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) grant program for Fiscal Year 2020.

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 Sarah Jackson in Congressman DeSaulnier’s office at or Nick Rockwell in Congressman Thompson’s office at by March 26th.



Mark DeSaulnier                                                                                 Glenn “GT” Thompson

Member of Congress                                                                          Member of Congress


Dear Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole,

As you develop the Fiscal Year 2020 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 an amount
of at least $15 million, which is a $5 million increase over FY19.

The SFEC program provides much-needed technical assistance and partnership development to states and school districts to foster meaningful engagement with families to further their children’s academic and developmental progress. SFECs
also provide vital direct services to improve collaboration of engagement between children, parents, teachers, school leaders, counselors, administrators and other school personnel.

Research has shown that family engagement in a child’s education increases student achievement, improves attendance, reduces the dropout rate, and advances the emotional and physical well-being of children. 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 Statewide Family Engagement Centers program will harness effective practices to help schools and districts
implement systematic family engagement programs that build ties between the community, families, students, and schools.

The SFEC program embarked on the inaugural year of an initial five-year grant cycle after receiving $10 million in the FY18 appropriations process, resulting in thirteen states establishing SFECs.  While the program also received $10
million in FY19,  no new centers can be established without additional funding. This means 41.7 million K-12 students and their families in the other states are unable to benefit from enhanced engagement supports and services provided by SFECs unless Congress
provides more funding.

We believe that an investment in SFECs and family engagement 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,
the workforce, and career opportunities in the 21st century. 

Thank you for your consideration of our request. We look forward to working with you to support this important program.


Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Appropriations, Education, Family Issues

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