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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 (link is external) on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center. Find resources related to family engagement (link is external), building relationships with families, child development and early learning, and using data to measure family progress.

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Highlighted Resources and Tools

State Level Professionals

State-Level Professionals and Training and Technical Assistance Providers can use the new Parent Involvement and Family Engagement resource to build knowledge and strengthen practices of early childhood Direct Child-Serving Practitioners..

Supporting Children and Families

State-Level Professionals, Training and Technical Assistance Providers, and Direct-Child Serving Practitioners can explore the Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness resource series to enhance their knowledge around family homelessness.

Consumer Education Websites

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

Promote strategies to support family well-being

Training and Technical Assistance Providers and Direct-Child Serving Practitioners can use this resource to promote strategies to support family well-being. Family well-being includes the safety, health, and financial stability of all family members.

Encourage strong and positive parent-child relationships

Training and Technical Assistance Providers and Direct-Child Serving Practitioners can use this resource to explore strategies to encourage strong and positive parent-child relationships in child care programs.

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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. Display these...

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. state, territory, and tribal administrators and other early childhood and school-...

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

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

This guide offers research-based information that agencies and organizations can use to create or enhance a family-friendly consumer education website. If you are responsible for developing and posting content yourself or supporting staff who do, you can directly apply this information to your...

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

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Learn the facts about family homelessness. Explore the federal laws and regulations that govern Head Start, Early Head Start, and other...

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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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. These partnerships can also make it easier to have conversations involving uncomfortable or challenging...

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