About Us

National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE)

The National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement is awarded to Start Early (formerly Ounce of Prevention) in collaboration with Child Trends, LIFT, Fred Rogers Center, and Frank Porter Graham Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

NCPFCE provides training and technical assistance (TTA) for Head Start and Early Head Start staff who work with families. NCPFCE professional development activities reflect current evidence and lead to improved:

  • Family outreach, recruitment, and attendance
  • Family well-being
  • Expanded family engagement in children’s learning and development
  • Enhanced community partnerships that support families
  • Strengthened outcomes for children and families enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start programs

NCPFCE also offers professional development in areas, including but not limited to:

  • Staff-family relationship building that is culturally and linguistically responsive
  • Family employment, career pathways, and financial stability
  • Equity and inclusiveness in family engagement
  • Parent leadership, advocacy, and transitions to kindergarten

NCPFCE is part of a comprehensive Office of Head Start TTA System that includes the National Centers, the Regional TTA network, and grant recipient funding. NCPFCE is part of a network of four National Centers, including the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations, the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning, and the National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety. Together, the system supports Head Start and Early Head Start programs as they provide high-quality, comprehensive services to pregnant women, children, and families and support the school readiness of young children who live in poverty.

To learn more, contact NCPFCE at pfce at ecetta dot info or (toll-free) 855-208-0909.