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National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

Family Engagement is Everybody's Business

Welcome to the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE).  We are jointly administered by the Office of Head Start (OHS) and the Office of Child Care (OCC). NCPFCE supports family well-being, effective family and community engagement, and children’s school readiness. We are a consortium of partners including the Brazelton Touchpoints Center (lead), Child Care Aware of America, Inc., Center for the Study of Social Policy, and Child Trends.

State-Level Professionals and Training and Technical Assistance Providers can explore NCPFCE resources to build knowledge and strengthen practices of early childhood professionals.  Our resource topics include:

  • Family Engagement
  • Family Engagement and Systems Building
  • Consumer Engagement and Consumer Education
  • Family Engagement and Child Development
  • Father Engagement

Looking for additional resources? Check out NCPFCE on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center. Find resources related to family engagement, building relationships with families, child development and early learning, and using data to measure family progress.

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Highlighted Resources and Tools

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The research-based Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework for Early Childhood Systems is a guide to understanding the collaborative relationship between parents and early childhood systems, programs, providers, family caregivers, and community service providers to promote positive, enduring change for children, families, and communities  For State-Level Professionals and Training and Technical Assistance Providers.

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The Consumer Engagement: Orientation for Early Childhood and School-Age Care & Education Professionals introduces a vision for engaging families as consumers of early childhood and school-age care and education services and explains how this vision relates to consumer education and family engagement.  For State-Level Professionals and Training and Technical Assistance Providers.

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Explore the Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness: Interactive Learning Series for Early Childhood Professionals to enhance your knowledge around family homelessness. Review other relevant federal regulations for Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)-subsidized programs. For State-Level Professionals, Training and Technical Assistance Providers, and Direct-Child Serving Practitioners.

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Use the Consumer Education Websites: A Guide to Creating a Family-Friendly Experience to create or enhance a family-friendly consumer education website.  For State-Level Professionals and Training and Technical Assistance Providers. 

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Display the Celebrating What Fathers Do Every Day: Wall Posters to create an environment fathers will want to be a part of by considering what they see, hear, and feel when they walk into your program. For  State-Level Professionals, Training and Technical Assistance Providers, and Direct-Child Serving Practitioners.

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Explore the Relationship-Based Competencies to Support Family Engagement Series to learn more about the knowledge, skills, and individual practices that early childhood professionals need to engage families effectively in positive, goal-oriented relationships.

Family engagement is essential to high-quality services for all children in early childhood care and education. From the beginning of life, families nurture their children and the capacities they will need to be ready for school.

Father-friendly environments can help create chances for engagement. Create an environment fathers will want to be a part of by considering what they see, hear, and feel when they walk into your program.

This resource introduces a vision for engaging families as consumers of early childhood and school-age care and education services and explains how this vision relates to consumer education and family engagement.

Enhance your knowledge around family homelessness and the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance Act's definition of "homeless" as it refers to children and youth.

Enhance your knowledge around family homelessness.

This guide offers research-based information that agencies and organizations can use to create or enhance a family-friendly consumer education website.

Explore how understanding the cultural perspectives of families can positively impact relationship-building and family engagement efforts.

Learn the facts about family homelessness.

Explore this overview of family homelessness and learn why it is important for professionals to understand the definition of “homeless children and youth.” It is included in Section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act [42 U.S.C. § 11435a(2)]. 

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