of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
To: Head Start and Early Head Start Grantees
Subject: Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework
The purpose of this Information Memorandum is to introduce Head Start and Early Head Start programs and their community partners to the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework. Research tells us that parent and family engagement is crucial for young children’s learning and development and that strong community ties and resources help families raise their children in supportive environments. Head Start programs and families have worked together in various ways toward these and related goals since the program began in 1965. Head Start parental involvement has continually evolved over the years, and we have learned from our experience and research about what makes the best difference for children and families.
As part of the Head Start Road Map to Excellence, the Office of Head Start and the Head Start National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement have created an organizational map for charting strategies and achieving goals related to parent and family engagement in Head Start and Early Head Start. The PFCE Framework is a prenatal to age 8 based tool. It outlines an approach to change that shows how the program can work together as a whole to promote parent and family engagement outcomes.
Programs can use the PFCE Framework for different purposes. It can be used for agency strategic planning, program design and management, and professional development for staff, governing bodies, and parents. Programs can also use the PFCE Framework to inform different approaches to delivering services and to support continuous improvement systems.
The PFCE Framework lays the groundwork for future parent and family engagement training and technical assistance materials available through the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement. Programs should stay tuned throughout 2011-2012 for these materials, including related self assessment materials, examples of how programs are using the PFCE Framework, research to practice briefs related to parent and family engagement, a revised set of Fatherhood Building Blocks materials, and training opportunities on relationship-based systemwide work with parents and families.
Please direct any questions on this Information Memorandum to:
Family and Community Partnerships Specialist
Office of Head Start
Thank you for your work on behalf of children and families.
/ Yvette Sanchez Fuentes /
Yvette Sanchez Fuentes
Office of Head Start