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Program Environment

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

"Program environment" refers to the features and physical setting of the program, which affect the interactions and relationships  families and staff experience. High-quality program environments help protect the health and safety of children, families, and staff. They make families feel welcomed, valued, and respected. They also promote children's well-being, learning, and development. High-quality environments facilitate cultural and linguistic responsiveness, promote open and regular communication, and provide a sense of support to families. These environments create opportunities for families to build relationships with other Head Start parents and community organizations.

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