Thank you for visiting the Carolina Family Engagement Center (CFEC). The work of CFEC is focused primarily on underserved families and their students (low income, English learners, those with disabilities, those in foster care, migrants, homeless, and marginalized communities). Housed within the SC School Improvement Council (SC-SIC) at the University of South Carolina College of Education, CFEC seeks to engage stakeholders statewide through our website, social media platforms, and other venues.
CFEC hosted a Q&A event with South Carolina Department of Education attendance experts. They provided specific attendance-related answers for parents and families in South Carolina.
View the event here.
CFEC, SC DHEC, South Carolina Department of Education, SC School Improvement Council, and American Academy of Pediatrics, held a town hall to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 and up. Guests were able to ask questions and hear from experts about the safety of the vaccine, the approval process and where the pediatric vaccine is available. Speakers included Dr. Jane Kelly, MD, Assistant State Epidemiologist for DHEC and Dr. Martha Edwards, Pediatric Doctor, and Secretary – Treasurer for the SC-AAP.
scParents.org, powered by Aunt Bertha, is a website that allows families to easily find and connect with parenting resources, and local free and reduced-cost social service programs to address social care needs. These programs are localized and can be found by zip code. This social care network makes it easy for people to find social services in their communities and for nonprofits to coordinate their efforts. An outreach initiative of Children’s Trust of South Carolina, we aim to support them in engaging families and community partners through this network. Can access them also through scparents.org. Looking to promote SCParents with your organization, we have resources for you in English and Spanish.
There are six areas of growth and experience that research tells us are involved in helping a child progress and succeed. These guides offer a brief introduction to each area and provide samples of the experiences and skills children need in order to be prepared to move through preschool at three, four, and five years of age.
The Carolina Family Engagement Center (CFEC) in partnership with the South Carolina State Library have developed a series of three family engagement kits (e.g., self, family, community), each of which is designed to help give parents and caregivers ideas on how they can use fun activities at home to support their children's social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD).
As a part of the Coronavirus Relief Funds passed by the federal government, South Carolina Schools will receive $3,052,472,269 in ESSER funds at least 90% of which will flow through to school districts according to a need-based formula. These funds can be used to improve school buildings, provide needed programs, and help develop needed educational programming. You can be a part of shaping where those funds go. Visit our ESSER funds page to see how you can direct where over $3 billion will be spent in South Carolina.