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Welcome to the Carolina Family Engagement Center!

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.

Thank you for visiting the Carolina Family Engagement (CFEC). The office within the University of South Carolina College of Education is now physically open, although some staff members are currently working remotely for the time being. We are committed to be of service, but please be advised that replies to calls or emails may be somewhat delayed. Please contact us with any questions and we will respond as soon as possible. Stay safe and be well.

Text Reads: Carolina Family Engagment Center at UofSC College of Education is offering Free Assistance to Enhance Family Engagement in Your Classroom Monetary Stipends available for up to 10 teacher participants




Are you a South Carolina teacher interested in enhancing family engagement in your classroom?  Contact CFEC about joining our 2021-2023 Teacher/Teacher-Team Partners! 


  • Free tools and ongoing professional development, and technical assistance with all aspects of family engagement planning, implementation and evaluation from a CFEC regional liaison.
  • Enhanced parent-teacher partnerships that focus on improved student learning and development.
  • A monetary stipend upon completion of all CFEC requirements.

For more information see our flyer or contact: or call 800.868.2232 (c/o SC School Improvement Council)
Applications available at

Navy Background, outlines of buildings, with text CFEC Building Trust Working Group

CFEC Building Trust Group

CFEC recently wrapped up their work with various community partners and friends involved in a working group focused on building trust with families of focus (e.g., Latino families, families with children with special needs). One of the culminating projects is the attached infographic showing all the organizations who engaged in the working group, including Richland County Government and Community Services, who took lead on the development and dissemination of this infographic. Each organization’s logo includes a hyperlink that connects to their website for additional information. Please share with your networks!


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First Steps 4K now enrolling for summer, fall

South Carolina families can now enroll their eligible children in free, educational four-year-old kindergarten for the summer or fall. More than 200 private, nonprofit, and faith-based school and child care centers are approved First Steps 4K providers, offering high-quality early learning experiences that prepare children for success in school.

Classes are in-person, 5 days a week, starting June 1. Many providers offer free extended day hours. To check eligibility, find a program, and apply online, visit

Ensuring family voice in return-to-school plans

 ensuring family voice logoEnsuring family voice in return-to-school plans: the response to the COVID-19 pandemic places huge demands on schools, communities and families. As schools prepare for re-opening, partnerships between home and school create a foundation for educating students built on equitable collaboration. Find essential information here!