Strategies for Implementing the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework

A parent and a VolunteerExplore sample strategies programs and families can use to make progress toward each of the seven family outcomes in the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework. These strategies are intended to promote culturally and linguistically responsive practices that support equity and inclusiveness. They are not exhaustive and should not to be considered a substitute for the Head Start Program Performance Standards. This resource was designed to recognize and value the role Head Start staff and leaders play in partnering with diverse families to promote positive child and family outcomes.

The strategies in this resource are organized into two categories: strategies for all family outcomes and strategies for each of the seven family outcomes. Review strategies for implementing each of the Program Foundations and Program Impact Areas. Families are included whenever possible as active partners in implementing these strategies.

Strategies for All Family Outcomes

Program leaders, staff, and families can promote progress toward the PFCE Framework family outcomes. Whether you choose to implement strategies to affect some or all seven outcomes will depend upon your program.

Strategies for the Seven Family Outcomes

Program leaders, staff, and families can make progress toward each of the seven family outcomes identified in the PFCE Framework. For each outcome, you will find:

  • The definition of the outcome
  • Examples of strategies for each of the Program Foundations
  • Examples of strategies for each of the Program Impact Areas
  • Examples of progress for parents and families

Family engagement is a shared responsibility. PFCE is everyone's business.

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Last Updated: August 6, 2019