Parent, Family, and Community Engagement: PFCE/Community Job Losses
Community Assessment and Ongoing Community Engagement
In their annual update of their community assessment, All of Us Together, Inc., learned that two of the largest employers in the community will be closing. This may affect more than half the families in the program. Knowing this will have different impacts on families as they deal with stresses related to unemployment, staff wanted to know, "How can we make a positive difference for our families during this time of change?" A planning committee involving staff, members of the governing body, family members, and community partners was formed. The committee developed and asked all enrolled families to complete a survey about family well-being. The staff aggregated data from the survey and found that families were already feeling a high level of anxiety about the impending layoffs, including wanting to know how to best support their children.
The collected program data assisted staff in looking at ways they could support parents to connect with community resources for alleviating anxiety and finding other options for job opportunities throughout the five-year project period.
During Ongoing Monitoring and Continuous Program Improvement
Staff compared the new information about family well-being to other previously reviewed sources to develop the following goal, objectives, expected outcomes, data for tracking progress, expected challenges, and action plan.
All of Us Together will partner with families and work with community partners to support families' progress toward improved well-being and stronger financial stability. We will pay special attention to the families impacted by the job loss and the changes that these families will experience over the next two to five years as a result of the job loss.
This goal is tied to the Family Well-Being Family Engagement Outcome of the PFCE Framework.
- Family well-being: Families are safe, healthy, have opportunities for educational advancement and economic mobility, and have access to physical and mental health services, housing and food assistance, and other family support services.
Special effort may be required to motivate parents to participate and stay engaged in the job cross-training and apprenticeships. Parent may likewise require support to be ready to fill positions as they become available.
Table 4.6. Example 4 – All of Us Together, Inc., Objectives, Expected Outcomes, and Data, Tools, and Methods (PFCE/Community Job Losses)
|Objective and Connection to the PFCE Framework
|Data, Tools, or Methods for Tracking Progress
Table 4.7. Example 4 – All of Us Together Action Plan (PFCE/Community Job Losses)
|Months two to
three and ongoing
|Travel costs estimated
manager and I/T
|Months one to
six and ongoing
|Funds for increased
estimated at $1,500
|Month two and
printing estimated at
|Family services staff
|Month two and
|Translation costs $800
|Month two and
and as part of
and training space
rental estimated at
|Year two and
|Costs for meetings,
staff training estimated
Engaging families and key stakeholders in the goals-setting process supported the implementation of the action plan by ensuring shared responsibility and support throughout the process. As part of ongoing communication with the Regional Office, the program also engaged in regular discussions about the program's progress toward this and other program goals. The program stayed in close contact with its training and technical assistance provider to discuss its ongoing planning and to identify or access training and resources to implement its plan to support family well-being.
How will these examples inform your program goals, action plans, and tracking procedures?
While engaging with families and community partners to achieve its goal, the program continues to be intentional about documenting all activities put in place (measure of efforts) and capturing the changes observed and reported by parents (measure of effect) while tracking progress, reviewing steps, making needed improvements, and monitoring progress toward supporting the well-being of families in this time of transition.
Topic 4 described how four typical programs integrate goals, expected outcomes, and action plans into their planning process. The first example focused on strengthening children's transitions to kindergarten. The second outlined an initiative that promotes language and literacy development for preschool children. The third used a health-related goal to maximize children's learning opportunities. The fourth explored ways that programs partner with families to make progress toward family well-being. As you read these planning scenarios, did you think about your own program? Of course, the specifics differ, but there are lessons to be learned from someone else's experience.
Foundations for Excellence: A Guide for Five-Year Planning and Continuous Improvement, 2nd Edition, offers us a shared vocabulary and toolbox of strategies that will support your program's strategic planning. Build on these ideas with other stakeholders in your program and your community partners. Through communication and collaboration we benefit from diverse points of view and together we realize our shared mission of building responsive, empowering programs for children and their families.
Resource Type: Article
National Centers: Program Management and Fiscal Operations
Audience: Directors and Managers
Last Updated: August 8, 2023