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.
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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Resources and Guides
- Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework [PDF, 2MB]
- Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Resource Catalog 1.0 [PDF, 950KB]
- Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Resource Catalog 2.0 [PDF, 1.5MB]
- PFCE Resources A to Z
- Using Data for Family and Program Progress
- Measuring What Matters Series: Using Data to Support Family Progress: An Overview [PDF, 1.7MB] is also available in English text version [PDF, 112KB], Spanish (español) text version [PDF, 118KB] and Spanish (español) full version [PDF, 618KB]
- Developing a PFCE Learning Community: Starter Toolkit [PDF, 932KB]
Last Reviewed: January 2017
Last Updated: February 1, 2017