Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE)

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Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE) brings together research-based programs and strategies that support students and strengthen relationships with families and the community.

Who's it for?

FACE supports educators, communities and families.

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Scholastic FACE In The News

WUKY Fayette County Public Schools launches a read-aloud mentoring program that aims to pair 300 community volunteers once a month with K–5 classrooms

WALA-TV Baldwin County Public Schools hosts a special event for the district’s community partners known as “Literacy Patrons”

HISD NEWS BLOG Greg Worrell, President, Scholastic Education shares his experience volunteering with Houston Real Men Read

THE DAILY JOURNAL Bridgeton Public Schools provides students with take-home book packs customized by Scholastic

WHNS-TV  Dabo's All In Team Foundation and Scholastic deliver book packs to nearly 1,200 students across South Carolina

"Children face an unprecedented number of obstacles to learning today, whether it's poverty, language barriers, high rates of mobility or inadequate health care. Given this reality, it's even more important that we think of education and literacy development as everyone's job. Through Scholastic FACE, we provide programs, resources, and create partnerships that enable communities to reinforce learning for all young people."

— Greg Worrell, President of Scholastic Education

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About Scholastic FACE

Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE) partners with schools and districts to support literacy development for every child through programs and initiatives that strengthen relationships with families, connect the surrounding community with student learning, and increase access to books in the home.

The Need for Family and Community Engagement

In the Scholastic 2015 State Teacher of the Year Survey, educators revealed that overcoming barriers to learning is a clear priority.

  • When asked what barriers to learning the respondents believe most affect their students’ academic success, more than three in four of the State Teachers of the Year cited “Family stress” (76%), followed by “Poverty” (63%), and “Learning and psychological problems” (52%).
  • These results align well to the top three areas on which the State Teachers of the Year would focus school funding in order to have the highest impact on student learning: Anti-poverty initiatives (48%), early learning (37%), and reducing barriers to learning such as access to wrap-around services, healthcare, etc. (35%).

According to teacher survey data released by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 98% of teachers said greater family involvement and support would have a strong impact on academic achievement. More teachers said they believe in the importance of family involvement than in any other factor asked about in the survey.

  • Young people who participate in mentoring programs are more likely to pursue higher education than those who do not participate.
  • Children who grow up with books in the home achieve higher educational attainment than those who don’t.
  • More than 20% of all school age children in the U.S. live in poverty. That number is expected to rise to as much as 25% by 2014.
  • 79% of children entering kindergarten from low-income families do not recognize the letters of the alphabet.
  • One-third of children ages 5–13 return to an empty home after school on any given afternoon—that’s more than 12 million kids.

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