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Welcome to the Washington State Family & Community Engagement Trust

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We are a nonprofit organization working to reinvent the way families, schools and communities partner to support student achievement and well-being. We work to: 

  • Engage all families in the education and development of their children.

  • Build collective knowledge about the power of working together for student success.

  • Promote positive change in the public education system.

  • Develop collaborative networks to support children and families.

It's About Kids

Students do better in school and life when families and communities play active roles in public education. This takes intentionality, planning, and hard work. The Trust works to increase opportunities for the equitable participation of families and communities in the achievement and emotional, social and physical development of children, cradle to career.

It's About Change

Public education is a collaborative process, yet home, school, and community are often treated as disconnected spheres of influence. We envision transformed schools and communities where the collaborative work of families, schools and stakeholders are cornerstones of student success and well-being. We advocate for change through:

  • Leadership training for educators, parents and community members.

  • Technical assistance to community organizations and schools.

  • Policy advocacy that identifies gaps and proposes actions to include families and communities in the legislative process.

  • Partnerships with education and other stakeholders working to support children and families.

We inform, educate, and connect families, schools and stakeholders through our Leadership and Research Center, a clearinghouse of technical assistance, research, resources and tools. Our News column keeps stakeholders updated on current news and events affecting children and families.

The Trusted Source Blog is our forum for educators, parents, researchers, advocates, practitioners and others to share ideas and engage in positive conversations about children, families and education.

It's About All of Us Working Together

Collaboration is key to student success and well-being. We unite stakeholders for collective impact by creating collaborative networks that identify challenges and opportunities for family engagement, develop effective models for change, and implement best practices. Together, we advocate for education policies that include participation and input of families and communities in the public education process.