Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE)

What is it?

Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE) brings together research-based programs and strategies that support students from birth through high school, focusing on five key pillars: Early Literacy, Family Engagement, Access to Books, Expanded Learning, and Mentoring Partnerships.

Who's it for?

FACE supports educators, communities and families.

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Scholastic FACE In The News

Dr. Karen Mapp comments on the importance of training school staff members how to communicate with parents

Dr. Karen Mapp comments on the rise of family-engagement as a priority for schools and districts

First Lady Chirlane McCray, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery Launch "Love Is" baby book with Scholastic

Partners in Learning Child Development receives 75 summer book packs from Scholastic Project Summer Contest

Students at Helms Elementary in Houston, TX receive books to take home for the holidays, including Scholastic titles

"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

Working in tandem with longtime partner organizations, school districts and education leaders, Scholastic FACE seeks to raise awareness of the critical importance of bridging the gaps between home, school, and the community, and to contribute its 90+ years of expertise in creating resources and programs that support schools and raise achievement. At a time when more than one in five school-age children are living in poverty, a wide array of research has demonstrated that outside-of-school factors and access to supports in the home and community have a direct impact on achievement and a child’s chances at leading a happy, successful life.

Advancing a child’s academic and personal success requires systemic and aligned literacy support that extends beyond the classroom and into the homes, families, and communities of all young people. Connecting every caring adult to ensure its effective and sustainable delivery is the guiding mission of Scholastic FACE.

Scholastic FACE provides programs and supports in five priority areas:

  1. Early Literacy: Scholastic provides affordable, high quality books, workshops and resources to early childhood educators to help emergent readers reach key developmental milestones.
  2. Family Engagement: Programs such as Scholastic Literacy Events and Read and Rise provide resources for educators and empower families to create literacy-rich environments in the home.
  3. Access to Books at Home: Through Scholastic’s long-lasting partnerships with literacy-focused organizations like Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and Reach Out and Read and through summer reading and MyBooks take-home book packs sold to school, districts, and local organizations, Scholastic helps ensure that every child has books in the home. Research shows access to books in the home leads to success in school and in life.
  4. Expanded Learning: Scholastic provides informative curriculum to engage students beyond the classroom through high-quality learning. 
  5. Mentoring Partnerships: Building upon research that shows students with positive adult mentors are more likely to pursue higher education and have a better attitude toward school. Scholastic created Scholastic R.E.A.L.: Read. Excel. Achieve. Lead.™, which provides a framework and the tools to launch a literacy-focused mentoring program in any community.

FACE Research and Success

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.

The Annual Scholastic Family and Community Engagement Symposium: 

This three-day interactive conference reviews pioneering research and presents strategies that focus on the use of literacy within families, communities and schools to bolster academic achievement.

For more family and community tips and resources, visit edu@scholastic, Scholastic’s blog about education and learning.

Learn more about Scholastic FACE research and success here.


Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Video

Dr. Karen Mapp's 3 Prerequisites of Effective Family and Community Engagement

FACE Downloads

Our partner Reach Out and Read promotes early literacy in pediatric exam rooms nationwide
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“Through Reach Out and Read, children at Queens Hospital Network in Queens, N.Y. receive books during pediatric exam visits.” Photo: Gerald Peart

“Through Reach Out and Read, children at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in Queens, N.Y., receive books during pediatric exam visits.” Photo: Gerald Peart


FACE Book Covers
A selection of cover images in English and Spanish

 English (zip file, 12MB)

 Spanish (zip file, 8 MB)

 Collection images (English and Spanish, zip file, 6 MB)


FACE Logo 
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Video Scholastic's Commitment to Family and Community Engagement