The South Orangetown Central School District is proud to announce that the Family Engagement Center was awarded a grant totaling $7,275 from Rockland 21C for programming in the 2021-22 school year.
In addition, the FEC earned recognition for its work during the 2020-21 school year:
- Ranked #1 in the county for total aggregate participation last school year
- Ranked #1 in the county for Family Support aggregate attendance–a 1054% increase over the previous school year
- A 1,992% increase in Family Crisis Intervention requests (1,234) answered compared to the previous school year
- A 191% increase in Basic Needs requests (1,251) answered compared to the previous school year
- The creation and management of a temporary childcare program, in partnership with the Blauvelt Sons of Italy, St. Thomas Aquinas College and Dominican College, for 52 teachers who reported that they would be otherwise unable to return to work in September 2020. The program operated 8AM-4PM daily through early April 2021.
- Graduation of the first two-year ParentChild+ home visit program cohort of six preschool-aged children. All participants scored at 100% on completion measures for child behavior traits and parent-child interactions which are associated with development and academic success.
“By providing opportunities for parents to become involved in their child’s school and education, the SOCSD FEC bolsters parent engagement, which research shows is an essential ingredient to student success,” noted Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services Karen Tesik, Ed.D., pictured below with FEC Coordinator AJ Walker. “We are thrilled to have this work recognized and supported by Rockland 21C.”