Carnegie Corporation of New York Names 10 Grant Recipients to Support Family Engagement Programs

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Building on its longstanding support of family engagement and homeschooling partnerships, Carnegie Corporation of New York today announced 10 grants to community-serving nonprofits in nine states. Each will receive $100,000 over a 12-month period, with the option to renew the grant for a second year.

The grants are the result of a request for proposals (DP) issued by the Society last September and focused on family engagement, one of the most influential factors in educational outcomes. Particular consideration has been given to applicants who have deep roots in their local communities and who work to support the learning of students of color, multilingual learners, and students from low-income backgrounds. Preference was given to nonprofit organizations in communities that have not traditionally received national funding and have not received prior support from the Society.

Of the grantees, six were founded or are currently led by Latino or Black leaders; four are based in states that are typically underfunded by philanthropy; and one serves Native Americans while another focuses on Alaska Natives. Total funding of more than $1 million will help nonprofit organizations design, implement and strengthen school-based family engagement strategies that can improve student learning.

“We were delighted with the tremendous response to the tender, the caliber and creativity of the submissions, and the competitive process that surfaced to our 10 grantees,” said Ambika Kapur, Program Officer for the Society’s Public Understanding Grants portfolio. “These not-for-profit organizations respond to the distinct needs of their communities. They overcome barriers and enable educators and parents to be true partners in helping students thrive. As we emerge from the pandemic, these collaborations will remain critical to student learning and the nation’s recovery.

The 10 grant recipients with descriptions of their projects:

Alaska School Boards Association Juneau, AK

Collaborate with families to create coaching and home learning materials grounded in Alaska Native cultural values

Building Skills Partnerships Los Angeles, CA

Train parents who are concierges and airport workers to be effective advocates for their children’s education and serve as peer ambassadors at work

Families and schools together Madison, Wis.

Expand professional development for educators to create a more welcoming school environment and empower all families as advocates

Federation for Children with Special Needs Brockton, Mass.

Prioritize family engagement in district-level decision-making in collaboration with families and caregivers, with an emphasis on social and emotional learning

Latinos in action Salt Lake City, UT

Pilot an initiative rooted in a commitment to Latinx voices and leadership at four high schools that primarily serve BIPOC, immigrant and refugee communities

National Center for Family Learning Louisville, Kentucky

Teach caregivers and children standards-aligned science skills to increase their understanding of science-related challenges in their communities

Parents Institute for Quality Education Central Valley, California

Foster effective family engagement practices among Latino and multilingual families living in the most rural region of the state

Support network for older women Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Equipping grandparents raising grandchildren with the digital skills to connect with teachers and staff and support literacy learning at home

Village of Wisdom Durham, North Carolina

Expand to Atlanta and the Mississippi Delta a program designed to protect the intellectual curiosity of Black children and incorporate the expertise of parents

West River Foundation and family engagement across the state of South Dakota Center Black Hills, SD

Recruit family champions from needy schools on or near tribal lands to host community discussions, collect authentic voices, and implement data-driven plans

Recipients will benefit from workshops and individual support provided by the Columbia University Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL). The Society has provided funding of $400,000 to CPRL to build a community of practice that will enable organizations to learn from each other.

“At a time of searing crisis and immense opportunity for public schools and other public systems in the United States, there is no more important task than learning from families – and learning how to learn. of families – on the best ways for these systems to serve students,” said Elizabeth Chu, CEO of CPRL. “And there is no more important source of knowledge than the families our public systems have so long underserved. CPRL is honored to help bring these 10 amazing organizations together, learn alongside them, and support their vital work.

A national survey published in December 2021 by Learning Heroes, a non-profit organization and education society beneficiary, found strong support for the home-school connection.

  • 93% of parents said they would be equally or more involved in their children’s education, even after an unprecedented year of engagement in their children’s education.

  • 86% of teachers and 84% of principals say they will put the same or more effort into family engagement this year.

  • About 85% of parents prioritize a better understanding of what is expected of their child and their educational situation.

Nearly 350 organizations responded with expressions of interest to the Society’s request for proposals in fall 2021. The foundation, CPRL, and a racially and ethnically representative panel of reviewers provided feedback throughout throughout the selection process. Programs focused on improving student learning at all levels, including achievement in math, language arts, science, or social-emotional learning, were prioritized, along with the ability of a organization to continue its work beyond the grant period.

“We wanted to design a bidding process that was rigorous and included a variety of reviewers with similar backgrounds to program stakeholders – parents, teachers, researchers, and family engagement advocates and practitioners,” said Constance Lafuente, an analyst for the Company’s education program. “The team scored the organizations based on factors such as leadership and staff diversity, parent-educator collaboration, and range of populations served. We believe the competitive process was critical in identifying the 10 outstanding grant recipients.”

The Society is a major philanthropic funder of research and programs supporting family engagement as a proven model for dismantling longstanding inequalities in education and creating lasting change. The tender was inspired by the success of the collaborations that have formed during the pandemic. By necessity, educators have found new ways to prioritize the involvement of parents and caregivers with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. With additional support, these family engagement programs can help public schools across the country succeed in providing an equitable education for all children.

About Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Society’s work focuses on issues that Carnegie considered to be of paramount importance: education, international peace, and a strong democracy. @CarnegieCorp

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