Welcome to the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Interactive Framework!

The Office of Head Start (OHS) Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework is a road map for progress. It is a research-based approach to program change designed to help Head Start programs achieve outcomes that lead to positive and enduring change for children and families.

Note: The PFCE Framework is based on guidance from the Head Start Program Performance Standards (1998) and Head Start Act of 2007.

The Framework continues to be relevant according to 1302.52(b) of the Head Start Performance Standards (2016): A program must implement intake and family assessment procedures to identify family strengths and needs related to the family engagement outcomes as described in the Head Start PFCE Framework, including family well-being, parent-child relationships, families as lifelong educators, families as learners, family engagement in transitions, family connections to peers and the local community, and families as advocates and leaders.

To learn more, download the OHS PFCE Framework in English [PDF, 2.1MB] or Spanish (español) [PDF, 1.6MB].

Note: NCPFCE is in the process of revising this resource to reflect changes in the 2016 Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS).

Use the interactive Framework to find research and resources related to program foundations, program impact areas, family engagement outcomes, and child outcomes. Select any area of the Framework below to explore.

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OHS PFCE Framework

Image map selectable area overlay PFCE Interactive Framework Go to the Positive & Goal-Oriented Relationships section Go to the Program Leadership section Go to the Continuous Program Improvement section Go to the Professional Development section Go to the Program Environment section Go to the Family Partnerships section Go to the Teaching and Learning section Go to the Community Partnerships section Go to the Family Well-being section Go to the Positive Parent-child relationships section Go to the Families as Lifelong Educators section Go to the Families as Learners section Go to the Families Engagement in Transitions section Go to the Family Connections to Peers and Community section Go to the Families as Advocates and Leaders section Go to The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework page

Last Reviewed: January 2017

Last Updated: February 1, 2017