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Family 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

In family partnerships, program staff and families build ongoing, reciprocal, and respectful relationships. Program staff value families' unique expertise about their children. Staff engage in regular communication with families to understand their goals for their children and themselves and work toward those goals together.

Families' goals, among others, may include:

  • Obtaining a job
  • Seeking housing stability
  • Advancing their education
  • Developing their own advocacy and leadership skills
  • Contributing their skills and strengths to Head Start and Early Head Start programs

To learn more, download the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework.

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Topic:School Readiness

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Last Updated: August 7, 2018