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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 

 
Practice partnering with families

Child care programs can practice partnering with families in a safe virtual environment. Staff will learn to make intentional choices about what to discuss with family members and how to respond to their feedback. This simulation is recommended for all early childhood professionals.

Fatherhood

Explore the Fatherhood Connection resource flash to enhance fatherhood engagement in child care programs. This resource provides early childhood staff with information that can be quickly applied in any early childhood settings.

Resources and Information

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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.

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)]. 

Learn why it is important for professionals to understand the definition of "homeless children and youth," included in Section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act [42 U.S.C.

Respectful trusting partnerships with families can help early childhood professionals feel more satisfied with their work, and more confident and open in their interactions with families.

Safety, health, and financial stability are key to family well-being.

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