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    Department Mission Statement:  “Connecting the Dots for Educational Success!”

    The vision of the School District 189 Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center is to work to ensure that every student is prepared to succeed in life, post-secondary education, and their future careers. Parents share the same desires as their children. When families, schools, and communities partner to promote learning and healthy development in all children, students thrive and student outcomes increase. Research states that when parents are actively engaged in their children's education, whether in-home or school, students do better academically. Regardless of socio-economic backgrounds, students with involved parents are more likely to earn high grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, attend school regularly, show improved behavior and develop better social skills (Henderson & Mapp, 2002). Additionally, effective family engagement systems understand that policies and practices are mindful of diverse school communities that are rich in language, culture, and school experiences that support the whole family.

    The Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center is supported by the Director of Parent and Student Support Services, Dr. Tiffany Gholson and the Director of Family Response and Relief Services, Mrs. Charlotte Edwards. The FACE Center provides a variety of programming, resources, and training to support parent and family engagement. Mrs. Zorina Ann Brown is the Family and Community Engagement Coordinator. Ms. Liz Gusewelle and Dawne Turner, SEL Specialists, Ms. Rhonda Jones, Secretary, and Ms. Jasmine Mosley, Records Secretary round out the team. 


  • Title I Lead Parent Programming

    Lead Parents are identified in each school to provide direct support to parents and to share communication and training at PTO/PTA meetings, monthly meetings, family and school events. Lead Parents host the Parent Rooms and Spaces at each school.  In these designated areas, parents have an information bulletin board, computer and phone access, and ongoing resources for schools to positively interact with families. For more information, please contact Ann Brown by email at zorina.brown@estl189.com.

    Parent University

    Parent University is an education-based volunteer program created to form a bridge between the schools and the community.  We support the professional development and empowerment of parents.  We encourage parent involvement in developing learning partnerships to support their children in achieving both academic and personal success. For more information, please contact Ann Brown by email at zorina.brown@estl189.com.

    Ms. Dottie’s Garden

    Ms. Dottie’s Garden is a learning portal for families year-round as they acquire skills to plant, nurture and harvest herbs and vegetables while understanding nutrition and practicing cooking healthy recipes. Our garden is a place of peace (SEL) for those families as they learn the physical and mental health benefits of gardening.

    Resource (Wall) Center

    Our resource center is ever-growing and filled with information beneficial for families and the community.

    Homeless/Family in Transition Services

    The FACE Center conducts intake during enrollment for our homeless students and families in transition. Our homeless program [McKinney Vento] provides uniforms, school supplies, toiletries, and other resources. For more information, please contact Ann Brown by email at zorina.brown@estl189.com.

    New Students/Centralized Enrollment

    Enrollment at the FACE Center will increase our goals of maintaining good communication through updated student information including addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for access to Skyward Family Access. This also supports a healthy environment by ensuring immunizations, dental exams, vision exams, and physicals are complete and allows us to better support other needs such as ELL/ESL, special education, foster care, and military families.

    Transcripts, Records, and Archives Services

    The Face Center will provide access to historical educational documents as well as assist our students and their families as they continue their careers and postsecondary education. There is a fee to request records.

    Parent Support Center Hotline

    To maintain open lines of communication, we are here to assist with concerns after they cannot be satisfactorily addressed at the school campus level.  You may send an email to parentsupport@est189.com.

    Skyward Family Access Center

    We are excited to support Skyward's online Family Access Center. In the Skyward Family Access Center, you will be able to view the following important information regarding your child's educational experience in District 189: Grades, District and School Calendars, Upcoming Assignments, Messages from your child's school & teachers, Class Schedules, and Attendance Records.  This is also the place to manage emergency phone/email contact information.

    WrapAround Services

    The FACE Center will provide Wraparound services as an intensive, comprehensive method of engaging with families with complex needs (most typically children, youth, and their families) so that they can live in their homes and communities and realize their hopes and dreams.

    Key Communicator Network Meetings

    This quarterly meeting is an open invite for families to speak directly to the Superintendent and find out about programming, issues, and express concerns.

    Flyers Feeding Families Food Pantry

    School District 189 hosts a monthly food drive on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 11:00 am. The current location takes place at Gordon Bush Alternative Center at 1516 Gross Avenue, East St. Louis.

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    Family Response and Relief Services

    The Family Response and Relief Services Department is managed by Mrs. Charlotte Edwards, Director of Family Relief Services.