As you prepare for your regular communication with families either by phone or electronically, review this collection of resources to support your parent, family, and community engagement (PFCE) work. The resources are organized according to the following topics:
- Supervision and Family Services Provision
- Stay Connected and Provide Emotional Support to Families
- Connect Families to Peer Support Networks
- Support Parent-Child Relationships
- Family Adversity
Find additional resources on the COVID-19 and Head Start Community: Engaging Families and Children page.
Supervision and Family Services Provision
Relationship-Based Competencies to Support Family Engagement for Family Services Professionals
Supervisors and family services staff can review the 10 competencies and decide which practices to prioritize as they work with families virtually. Use the Relationship-Based Competencies as a guide for thinking creatively and planning remote service delivery.
Tips for Family Services Staff Working Remotely with Families
Find tips for family services staff and other direct service professionals who are teleworking with Head Start and Early Head Start families. Use these tips during public health emergencies, natural disasters, and other crisis situations. Staff should consult with their supervisors to address concerns about families situations.
Tips for Supervising Family Services Staff Who Are Working Remotely
Supervisors can use these tips to support family services staff and other direct service professionals who are teleworking with families. Staff can apply these tips during public health emergencies, natural disasters, and other crisis situations.
Economic Mobility Toolkit for Head Start and Early Head Start
Support families with their goals for economic stability now and in the future. Use this toolkit to plan partnerships with your local workforce development board and American Job Center. You can also use this resource to build staff knowledge as you help families find work and establish new career pathways.
Stay Connected and Provide Emotional Support to Families
- Supporting Families in Uncertain Times: Social Media Messages
Send these positive messages to families to let them know you are thinking of them during challenging times.
- Starting with Strengths in Challenging Times
Take time to focus on your own professional development. Work through this simulated game. Find five strategies you can use to partner with families going through a challenging situation.
- Family Engagement and Cultural Perspectives: Applying Strengths-based Attitudes
Families draw strength from their cultures. Learn about ways to understand families'’ cultural perspectives to strengthen your virtual work with them.
Families draw strength from their cultures. Learn about ways to understand families’ cultural perspectives to strengthen your virtual work with them.
Connect Families to Peer Support Networks
Parenting Curricula Review Databases
Explore ways to offer your parenting curriculum on virtual platforms. Support parents' relationships with their children and with other parents using these curricula. Use these databases to learn about and choose a parenting curriculum.
Support Parent-Child Relationships
- Encouraging Strong Parent-Child Relationships
Use these simple tips to help families reinforce parent-child bonds during stressful times.
- Self-Reflection in Parenting: Help for Getting Through Stressful Times
Find ideas to offer parents about using self-reflection as a tool to manage stress.
- Partnering with Families of Children Who Are Dual Language Learners
Discover strategies you can use in your virtual work to partner with families of dual language learners.
Enhancing Community Partnerships
During these stressful times, take a look at ways to expand your partnerships with domestic violence programs for prevention and response. Use the sample memorandum of understanding template to guide joint planning to ensure child and family safety and healing.
Topic: About Us
National Centers:Parent, Family and Community Engagement
Audience:Family Service Workers
Last Updated: June 9, 2020