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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.

Our partners include the Brazelton Touchpoints Center (lead), Child Care Aware of America, Inc., Center for the Study of Social Policy, and Child Trends.

State Administrators and Training and Technical Assistance Providers can explore NCPFCE resources to build knowledge and strengthen practices of early childhood professionals.  Resource topics include family engagement, family engagement and systems building, building relationships with families, family engagement and child development, fatherhood, and consumer education. 

Looking for additional resources? Check out our NCPFCE webpage 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 Tools for State-Level Professionals and Training and Technical Assistance Providers 

 
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.

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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. Explore strategies for child care programs to support family well-being with the families they serve.

State Administrators and Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Staff can use the new Parent Involvement and Family Engagement resource to build knowledge and strengthen practices of early childhood (EC) professionals.

Making the transition to a new care and learning setting can have an impact on families. For both children and parents, transitions can lead to excitement and joy, and uncertainty and concerns.

School readiness is the process of early learning and development, from infancy to school age. It’s a time when children can gain the skills and attitudes they need to succeed in school. Early interactions with important, caring adults build babies’ brains and influence development.

A strong relationship with a parent promotes a child’s development, learning, and increased school success. Child care programs can explore this resource to learn strategies to encourage strong and positive parent-child relationships.

Caring and responsive parent-child relationships help children thrive in school and in life.

Explore this resource to understand the differences between parent involvement and family engagement. Child care programs will learn why moving from parent involvement to family engagement practices can help staff build strong relationships with families.

 

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. ​