The purpose of the Family and Community Engagement Center (FCERC) project is to build partnerships between parents and educators to ensure that children with disabilities receive the highest educational opportunities and achievement possible.

 WVDE Family, School, and Community Engagement Core Beliefs:

  1. All parents have dreams for their children and want to see them succeed.
  2. All parents have the capacity to support their children’s learning.
  3. When parents are equipped with accurate, relevant, and timely information, they are properly positioned to partner to support their children’s learning.
  4. Parents and school staff should be equal partners with support from the community.
  5. The responsibility for building positive productive relationships between school and home rests primarily with the school staff, especially school and county leaders.
System Oversight, Infrastructure and Organization: 

System Design

A parent of a student with a disability and a special education teacher team up to staff each Family and Community Engagement Centers (FCERC) and support parents and their students through a number of activities as well as resources, often working with Title I Coordinators and the entire school staff.  

Program Access & Delivery: 

FCERCs are housed in each county, usually in a centralized, accessible location such as a school, community center, board of education office or library.

Practitioner Standards & Professional Development: 

Training and Performance

County Coordinators are trained to:

  • work with all parents;
  • gather and distribute information; and
  • provide programming and support to parents and teachers to enhance their ability to equip all students for academic success.
Evaluation & Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI): 

The need for this work has soared and is more demanding.