Discover multimedia resources to enhance parent, family, and community engagement (PFCE) practices in your program and support professional development. Find videos, webinars, digital tools, and more for Head Start and Early Head Start program staff and families.
Digital Framework Tools
Use the interactive PFCE Framework to find research, resources, and regulations related to program foundations, program impact areas, family engagement outcomes, and child outcomes. Select any area of the Framework to explore.
Use this tool to recognize your program's progress and strengthen family engagement. This resource will help programs learn about strategies for systemic, integrated, and comprehensive approaches to PFCE. Visit the Orientation to the Digital Markers of Progress to learn how to best use the tool.
Courses and Learning Activities
Learn more about the role that positive goal-oriented relationships play in effective PFCE and school readiness. Find definitions, tools, and guides for reflective practice and supervision. Also available as a PDF [PDF, 418KB].
This e-learning course explores ways to develop positive, goal-oriented relationships with families. Program staff also will learn how to use reflective practice to support relationships.
What you do and say matters! Explore and practice everyday strategies to develop positive goal-oriented relationships with a family. These relationships are key to our work with children and families, including the journey toward school readiness. Simulation 1 allows you to practice building bonds with families, beginning with an intake visit. Simulation 2 reviews the process of developing and implementing goals with families. Simulation 3 explores using strengths-based attitudes to partner with families during challenging times.
Discover strategies and information for serving families experiencing homelessness. These lessons may be useful to Head Start, Early Head Start, and Migrant and Seasonal programs, and others who work with at-risk families.
Explore resources and online learning activities for Head Start, Early Head Start, and early childhood professionals. Use them to shape a systemic, integrated, and comprehensive approach to PFCE. They also will help programs make progress toward positive outcomes for families and children. This digital resource is also available as four separate PDF documents:
- PFCE Professional Development Guide 1: Approach [PDF, 299KB]
- PFCE Professional Development Guide 2: Family Engagement and School Readiness [PDF, 368KB]
- PFCE Professional Development Guide 3: Positive Goal-Oriented Relationships [PDF, 492KB]
- PFCE Professional Development Guide 4: Leadership and Program Practices [PDF, 337KB]
For more professional development resources, visit the Professional-Development-to-Go resources page.
Visit Best Practices in Family and Community Engagement Video Series to learn innovative approaches to engagement that foster strong relationships with families and lead to positive outcomes for children and families, including school readiness.
Watch this series of documentary-style videos about the power of storytelling when working toward positive outcomes for families and children. Learn best practices and useful strategies for building genuine partnerships with families from a Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program.
Webinars, Webcasts, and Audio Calls
Explore the four data activities for PFCE data in this three-part webinar series. Learn how leaders at the program, state, and regional levels can use data to track progress toward expected family outcomes and to make program improvements. Hear from other Head Start and Early Head Start programs about their experiences using data to strengthen their partnerships with families, children, and community partners.
Understanding How Program Foundations Work Together to Strengthen Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Webinar Series
In this webinar series, learn from real‐life examples of how Head Start and Early Head Start programs engage families and communities to help children get ready for school. Explore the Program Foundations of the PFCE Framework.
Learn about a new resource from the Office of Head Start, Head Start Father Engagement: A Birth to Five Programming Guide. Webinar presenters draw on the PFCE Framework to identify systemic and integrated strategies for father engagement. They provide an overview of current research, discuss program planning, and identify professional development activities that will support program efforts.
Learn about how the PFCE Framework can help Head Start and Early Head Start programs support school readiness success.
Early Head Start parents Briana Scott and Ben Simon share their experiences and the critical role they played in their children's development and learning with then-Director of the Office of Head Start (OHS) Yvette Sanchez Fuentes.
Kiersten Beigel, OHS family and community partnerships specialist, speaks with two program directors about leadership and family engagement. They discuss how leadership can help programs achieve success.
Watch as OHS Family and Community Partnerships Specialist Kiersten Beigel and other Head Start staff identify the PFCE outcomes and how service areas can work together to support them.
For more resources and tools, visit PFCE Resources A-Z.
Last Reviewed: August 2016
Last Updated: April 18, 2017