School Readiness

Program Leadership

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

Head Start and Early Head Start program directors, managers, and parent and other leaders set expectations and model effective PFCE practices. Leaders set a clear vision and goals and make sure that program policies, operational procedures, and practices (e.g., hiring) actively promote PFCE. They monitor activities in all of the Program Foundations and Program Impact Areas and make changes when needed to ensure that they are mutually reinforcing. Leaders also advocate for the inclusion of diverse family voices at all levels of the program, including in formal decision-making groups, such as parent committees and Policy Councils.

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