Fort Wayne Community Schools recently opened its new Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center. Located in the former Construction Trades building at 2:30 E. Douglas Ave., the Center is designed to be a one-stop shop for families entering Fort Wayne Community Schools or needing assistance accessing community resources.
“We cultivate relationships,” said Debra Faye Williams-Robbins, Chief Officer of Family and Community Engagement. “This center will be a place where families, whether they are new to the district or have been with us for years, can find the resources they need to enhance their children’s education.”
The center combines Student & Family Support Services, which handles enrollment, school choice lottery and student placement; Community Programs, which operates Study Connection, oversees volunteer screening and coordinates FWCS-based scholarships; and pre-K through 12th grade alternative programming, college and career readiness and athletics. The building will also house an on-site health clinic to assist families with immunizations, physicals and vision and hearing screenings.
A Community Advisory Board made up of representatives from a variety of organizations that already provide services to families will assist in ensuring the center provides the support families really need.
“Opening this center is the result of many years of examining how we support families and how we could better serve our community,” Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. “Many people do not realize all the services we provide – from picking a school for your child to helping access special education or English language programs to preparing for college or a career.”
While new families will visit the center first to enroll their children in district schools, it is not designed just for new families. Current families may visit the center for sports physicals, for help in finding a program that fits a students’ particular interest or talent or to attend a college or career-planning event.
The center officially opened Tuesday, June 14. Daily hours will be 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesdays until 7 p.m. The center will also be open one Saturday each month starting with July 30. On that day, the center will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.