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WE LISTEN TO YOUR NEEDS.

WE LISTEN TO YOUR NEEDS.

AFTER A DECADE OF WORK, WE KNOW:

… that parents and guardians love their children and best know what their children need.

… that the school choice decision is deeply personal for parents: in choosing a school they are also choosing a community they entrust with their hopes and dreams for their child.

… that parents expect academic quality from schools, at minimum.

…that parents we serve face many barriers to the access of great schools.

… that most parents are likely to depend on people they know and trust to help make these decisions.

…that most parents we serve don’t even know they have options and feel resigned to schools that are not working for their child.

… that although most school leaders care deeply about the needs of the families they are trying to serve, many struggle to understand how to productively engage with them.

AND WE BELIEVE:

… that there is nothing more empowering than knowing you have options.

… that parents and guardians are the most consistent and powerful influence in a child’s life, and therefore a critically important voice for educators to consider and understand.

… that innovation should be community-driven and guided by the voices of the parents and families who are most affected by changes in the quality and variety of school options.

… that information and tools about school options must be designed with real parents in mind, made accessible to parents who are the most constrained, and respect a parents’ right to do something with this information.

… that the best schools are those that are created by listening to parents and the needs of the specific community they intend to serve from the start, and those who have a culture of continually engaging parents as partners in their child’s education.

WHO DO
WE SERVE?

FAMILIES EMPOWERED
OFFERS RESOURCES TO EVERYONE

- TENS OF THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES SERVED
- 85% FAMILIES OF COLOR

66% ARE FAMILIES WITH A HOUSEHOLD INCOME OF LESS THAN $50K

At Families Empowered our focus is providing personalized support to parents in a way that honors their time and intellect. We communicate with parents in a way that is culturally sensitive, in their preferred language (more than half our calls are in Spanish, and all our written materials are bi-lingual), and attuned to the deeply personal and important nature of educational decisions for families. And it matters – when we followed up with our parents after 18 months of communicating with them (FE Survey, May 2018):

0%

said the information Families Empowered provided to them was helpful

0%

agreed that we presented information in a neutral manner

0%

agreed that it is important for parents to have a choice in their child’s school

1 in 5

enrolled in a new school and 93% reported being more satisfied

WHAT DO OUR FAMILIES SAY ABOUT US?

After speaking with Families Empowered, I learned about other school options including KIPP, YES Prep, and Harmony. I had never heard of these schools before, and so I wasn’t sure if they were the right fit for my kids. Now that I’ve been through the process, I feel that I am in a better position to investigate and consider school options.

Adriana Roque

The work that Families Empowered does is a huge help. As a parent I only know of the schools that I’m zoned to, I didn’t know of any other schools in my area. I wasn’t aware that there were any other options. I didn’t think I had a choice.

Maria Sanchez

Give time to people who call you or send you emails to educate you on programs that might be out there. Families Empowered was friendly and informative, and introduced me to a school that I am happy with for my boys.

Maria Montoya

The advice that I would give other parents is to educate themselves about what is out there, and the help that is available to us.

Nora, Austin

“Parents should have access to help. Sometimes, though, parents don’t even know that organizations like Families Empowered exist. Not all children are the same. As a parent, you want a better future for your kids. By placing my children in a school that sets rules, teaches them to be more respectful, and helps them to become more responsible young people, I believe I am helping them to succeed.”

Dolores Amaro

“Look for people who can help you and who are willing to go to your community and help you, and have faith that your kids will be accepted to a school of your choice.”

Odila Aguirre

“When you dare to search for a better education for your children, they will find the support that they need to reach their goals.”

Flor Montoya

“Some parents think that just because we can’t speak English it will be difficult to find resources, but there is always help available.”

Nora, Austin

“I know there’s a lot of moms like me who are struggling and have problems with their child’s school. They just don’t know that Families Empowered is out there to help us.”

Gloria Rojas

“Families Empowered contacted me and provided me with websites and information on how to search for other schools near my home. After I started doing more research, I found that there were other great options near my home that I never would have known about otherwise.”

Patricia Buruca

“I discovered IDEA after Families Empowered gave me information for a few different schools in my area. Because of Families Empowered I discovered the school my daughter attends now. I believe that parents need this kind of help because it allows us to focus on our individual goals for our children.”

Justino Mares

OUR FINANCIAL MODEL.

FAMILIES EMPOWERED IS USED TO DOING A LOT WITH A LITTLE.

We are the only philanthropic organization in the state of Texas providing this service to parents, and we do this work in each of the communities that we serve each and every day. We don’t just talk to parents, we listen. We receive support in our work from the following sources:

  • Individual Donations
  • Corporate Sponsorships
  • Grants and Foundations
  • Fee for Service

For more information contact Lily Shen at lshen@familiesempowered.org.

WHO SUPPORTS US?

Families Empowered is honored to have the support of a diverse set of national, state-wide, and local donors. Their generous support enables Families Empowered to provide free, neutral, services to parents so they can to understand, consider, and access all school options available to them. We connect with the community through community partners and generous sponsors.

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PERSONAL
STORIES

READ PERSONAL STORIES FROM #EMPOWEREDPARENTS.

EMPOWERED: /ɪmˈpaʊəd/ (adj)
Someone who is stronger and more confident, especially in making decisions.

Our name says it all. We are empowering parents to make the best decisions for their child. Read stories from parents just like you.

MARITZA JAIMES

I hope that at the right school they will be able to find stability and graduate without needing to switch schools constantly,” Maritza said.

“Paying attention to the mood that they’re in when they get home can show you how they’re doing in schools. I want my kids to be happy, because when they are happy, I see them excel in school. That’s the main factor for my family when I am choosing a school.

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LADY SANCHEZ, 5 year old son

“All we knew was that we wanted to find other school options for Jayden,” Sanchez said. “We didn’t know what those options were or how to apply to get in, and Families Empowered helped us to find schools and apply, but also gave us the power to decide between the different school options.

The information we got was complete and made applying to the right schools easier.

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MARTHA MARTINEZ

Martha Martinez and her son Jose Carlos are excited for all that the new school year has to bring. Juan Carlos will be attending Great Hearts, and he is every bit as excited as his mom to experience a new classroom environment.

Their journey to finding his new school wasn’t easy, but Martha knew that searching for a school was the first step.

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SHARE YOUR SUCCESS STORY WITH US

Families Empowered exists to serve parents. We want to tell your family’s story: how you embrace school choice, how you found your best-fit school, or how you are still looking for the right spot.