About CFACE

Get to know the Center

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The Center for Family and Community Engagement (CFACE) is a public service and research center at North Carolina State University, founded in 2008. The Center fosters family-community-academic partnerships that are relevant and responsive to families and communities by supporting community engagement, offering training and technical assistance, and providing evaluation and research.

For more information about specific services we offer, please visit our Service Center page.

Our Mission

As an engaged university center, we learn from families and communities, and with them, we create and inform practice, policy, and knowledge.


Our Vision

Building safe, healthy, and productive families and communities together.


Our Values

As a Center, we value Diversity, Education, Justice, Respect, and Impact. These values manifest in our work through Engaging Community Partnerships, Interdisciplinary Research, Evidence Based Research, and Family and Youth Leadership.

As a Center, we value Diversity, Education, Justice, Respect, and Impact. These values manifest in our work through Engaging Community Partnerships, Interdisciplinary Research, Evidence Based Research, and Family and Youth Leadership.

Our History

Families and Communities Having a Say

Our center is founded on the firm belief that families and communities fare best when they have a say over their affairs.  We have cemented people “having a say” into all aspects of our work. Since the start of the Center in 2008, we have joined with family, community, and government partners to encourage inclusive approaches in making plans, setting policies, evaluating performance, and studying outcomes. During the Center’s  first five years, we focused primarily on engaging families and youth in decision making over their own affairs.  In our subsequent four years, we continued this focus while expanding our efforts to promote community-based strategies for change.

“Our center is about democratizing practice and policy to support thriving families and communities. I am so very proud of what we have accomplished together.”

Joan Pennell, PhD, MSW

Founding Director and Professor of Social Work