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Welcome to the Carolina Family Engagement Center!

The Carolina Family Engagement Center office at the University of South Carolina will be closed through April 1 by declaration of the Governor. CFEC staff will be working remotely during this time. Please contact us with any questions.


Governor Henry McMaster and South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman have announced that South Carolina’s schools will remain closed for the duration of the month of April.


CFEC, together with SC School Improvement Council is working to bring resources, guidance, and information to schools, families, and communities. Please find our COVID-19 Resource page here.


Dear CFEC Friends,

The nation’s evolving public health emergency and the closure of all SC public schools through the end of March is presenting new and, in some cases, daunting challenges for everyone concerned with the education of children in our state. Please know that our Leadership Team and Regional Liaisons remain available to respond to any request for assistance that you may have. Don’t hesitate to reach out and connect with us virtually or by phone; contact information for all CFEC staff is available here.

We will be posting information about available resources for families and educators on a regular basis on our social media sites. If you have not already, please follow CFEC on Twitter: @CarolinaFamily2; Facebook: @CFECatUofSC; and Instagram: uofsccfec.

The current situation is particularly challenging in that it tends to create a sense of isolation at a time when each of us needs to feel supported. As community-building is an important part of CFECs mission, we will be working creatively to help our school communities maintain a sense of connectedness. We can each do our part by being proactive about keeping in touch with one another by phone, text, email or social media.

We will update this notice as soon as we have any new information on the status of our office. Please stay tuned for updates on the COVID-19 virus and related advisories.

Take good care of each other,

The CFEC Leadership and Regional Liaison Teams

ATTENTION South Carolina Parents! Discover the Carolina Family Engagement Center’s Parent Leadership Partners!

South Carolina parents interested in taking on leadership roles in their children’s education are encouraged to apply to the CFEC Parent Leadership Partners for the 2020-2021 school year! Applications are now open - deadline midnight, Sunday, May 3, 2020.

$1,000.00 stipend for participants who complete all PLP requirements!

Teacher team graphicCFEC is offering FREE assistance to enhance Family Engagement in your classroom

South Carolina teachers interested in family engagement efforts are encouraged to apply to be a CFEC Teacher/Teacher-Team partner for the 2020-2021 school year! Applications now open - deadline Sunday, April 12, 2020.

$1000 stipends available for up to 10 teacher participants!

Teacher Expectations

Read the December 2019 CFEC newsletter: Family Engagement Voice CFEC newsletter masthead
Links to share:

“Supporting Early Literacy at Home: A Parent's Guide” is a series of online, self-paced learning modules from the SC Department of Education designed to provide information for parents and caregivers so that they can support their children’s early literacy development. Each learning module will provide information and tips to arm parents/caregivers with tools to support children from birth through the beginning years of school.

graphic of bookshelfHow to Get the Most Out of a Diverse Classroom Library - Many teachers are working to bring in books that provide students with windows and mirrors. Once the books are in the room, what’s next?



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How Can Students Self-Assess When Teachers Do All the Grading and Work?

High school teachers often struggle with maintaining family engagement when they are responsible for 150 plus students. This teacher recommends that students take ownership of their own learning as well as sharing this information with their parents. In addition to inviting students to engage in the grading process through ongoing reflection, she also requires students to email their parents about what they are learning in class. She found that parents often responded to their child's communication by including the teacher in the email response, thereby setting up a student-led communication loop between parents and teacher.




The Carolina Family Engagement Center pledge is to deliver high-quality parent education for family engagement by providing training and technical assistance in family engagement to districts and schools, and working with partners to develop the reach of family engagement services across South Carolina. We do this by offering high-quality parent education for family engagement, supplying training and technical assistance in family engagement to districts and schools, and collaborating with partners to develop the reach of family engagement services across our state. We aim to boost student achievement, foster school improvement, and build the ability of all stakeholders to develop robust partnerships through stronger family engagement.