This PFCE assessment guide is a working document to help you examine your program’s current practices related to parent, family, and community engagement. It offers concrete strategies to follow as you go beyond involving parents, families, and community partners to engaging them as an intentional strategy to promote the long term well-being of children and their families.
The guide is not an add-on or one more thing to do, when there are already so many. Instead, it can be used as part of your program’s current Self-Assessment Process to help you focus on PFCE and contribute to your program’s continuous learning and moving towards program excellence. As you go through the PFCE assessment process, use it to affirm what you are already doing well and to enrich and improve areas of your program that need work. Use the data you gather through this process in your decision-making for your entire program.
Remember that you are not alone in this endeavor. Your community can be an important source of social networks and service agencies. Invite community leaders to join with you to identify new opportunities for families, the community, and your program as you strengthen your relationships with them. As program leadership and staff, families, and community partners come together to enhance parent and family engagement, children and families will benefit, and your work will become even more effective and satisfying.