Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center


We created this website for every child, every family, and every school because everyone deserves an opportunity to benefit from the best resources available.

All kids deserve the opportunity to succeed, and that happens when families, schools, and communities work together.

Who We Are

The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University is a leader in the field of family, school, and community engagement.

Our goal is to bring research to action by providing schools and families with the tools they need to work together so all children have success in learning and life.

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What We Do

Our mission is to inspire and equip schools, community organizations, and families to work together by providing useful information and training on high-impact family engagement practices. Our work:

  • Provides training & tools to families to help them understand ways to support their child’s learning, emotional health, & plans for the future.
  • Supports approaches to family engagement that are lasting and integrated into family life and the school system.
  • Contributes new research to the field of family engagement.
  • Builds professional training and tools for school leaders, teachers, and community partners to build their capacity to work with all families.

Recent Posts


The National Network of Partnership Schools – an Evidence-Based Family Engagement Program

Established at Johns Hopkins University in 1996, NNPS invites schools, districts, states, and organizations to join together and use research-based ...
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News: Schools can apply now for a Purple Star designation for their commitment to serving military families

News: Schools can apply now for a Purple Star designation for their commitment to serving military families

Apply now to be recognized as a military-friendly school! The Purple Star Designation Application is open now through December 2, ...
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Ohio's Literacy Toolkits

Ohio’s Literacy Toolkits

Effective instruction and meaningful learning opportunities combined with family and community engagement in language and literacy development hold the potential ...
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Introduction to Building School-Family Partnerships: A Guide for School Leaders

Introduction to Building School-Family Partnerships: A Guide for School Leaders

This Introduction to Building School-Family Partnerships Guide for School Leaders by Ohio's Statewide Family Engagement Center contains the basics of ...
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Ohio Family Story: Michael's Story with Strength, Courage, and Bravery

Ohio Family Story: Michael’s Story with Strength, Courage, and Bravery

We share the following videos with permission from Michael's family and the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Students with ...
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Ohio School Story: Columbus City Schools Provides Opportunities for Families Who Speak Languages Other Than English

This story was written by Scott Varner, Executive Director of Community Engagement & generously shared by Seneca Bing, Family and ...
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Video: Advice from Parents/Caregivers – Transitions Can Be Tricky: What Helps?

This video from our partner, the OCALI Family Center, highlights families and their recommendations for helping your child make successful ...
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Head Start Family Engagement Resources

The Head Start website for early childhood professionals has a wealth of resources for supporting effective family engagement. The site ...
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Ohio Parents and Caregivers -- Click Here to Apply to be on our Advisory Council in 2020 -- Applications Due November 1, 2019

We are now recruiting Ohio parents and caregivers of Ohio children from birth to grade 12 to be members of our advisory council beginning in January 2020!

Click here to apply now or download and share the application with families in your community.

Applications are due by November 1, 2019, and can be emailed as an attachment to OhioSFEC@osu.edu.

To read more about the work of the council, visit our state advisory council web page.