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Community Partnerships

PFCE Framework NavigationProgram LeadershipProfessional DevelopmentContinuous Learning and Quality ImprovementProgram EnvironmentFamily PartnershipsTeaching and LearningCommunity PartnershipsAccess and ContinuityFamily Well-BeingPositive Parent-Child RelationshipsFamilies as Lifelong EducatorsFamilies as LearnersFamily Engagement In TransitionsFamily Connections to Peers and CommunityFamilies as Advocates and LeadersChild OutcomesPositive and Goal Oriented RelationshipsEquity, Inclusiveness, and Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness

Through community partnerships, Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care programs build collaborative relationships with community organizations that support positive child and family outcomes. These organizations may include libraries, health centers, schools and school districts, sources of economic support, the workforce, higher education, human services agencies, faith-based organizations, businesses, and others.

These organizations can respond to families' interests and needs. They can connect families to outside resources, encourage engagement in children's learning, and use community strengths and needs assessment data to guide collaboration. Partnerships can also promote successful transitions for children and families from one service setting to another over time, or when multiple services are needed during the same time period.

To learn more, explore this overview of the PFCE Framework. You can also download the PDF: Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework.

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Topic:School Readiness

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Last Updated: August 17, 2018