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Family Engagement

Family engagement is a collaborative and strengths-based process through which early childhood professionals, families, and children build positive and goal-oriented relationships. It is a shared responsibility of families and staff at all levels that requires mutual respect for the roles and strengths each has to offer. Family engagement focuses on culturally and linguistically responsive relationship-building with key family members in a child’s life. These people include pregnant women and expectant families, mothers, fathers, grandparents, and other adult caregivers. It requires making a commitment to creating and sustaining an ongoing partnership that supports family well-being. It also honors and supports the parent-child relationships that are central to a child’s healthy development, school readiness, and well-being. The Office of Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework is a guide to learning how family engagement promotes positive, enduring change for children, families, and communities.

Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework

The Office of Head Start (OHS) Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework is a road map for progress.

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Boosting School Readiness Through Family Engagement

Explore this simulation series and practice everyday strategies to develop positive goal-oriented relationships with a family through the journey toward school readiness.

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Engaging and Goal-Setting with Families

Successful goal-setting relies on strong partnerships between staff and families. As we get to know families and become partners, we can identify priorities and set meaningful goals together.

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Putting the PFCE Framework to Work in Your Program

Deepen staff understanding of the connections between PFCE strategies and practices across program systems and services that lead to a systemic, integrated, and comprehensive approach to family engagement.

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Family Engagement

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National Centers: Parent, Family and Community Engagement

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