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.


Family Engagement

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The research-based Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework for Early Childhood Systems Series includes 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. Accompanying resources are designed to support implementation of the Framework in early childhood systems-building efforts. For State-Level Professionals and Training and Technical Assistance Providers.

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.

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.

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. 

Explore Consumer Engagement: Using Social Media to Engage Families to learn more about how to use social media to partner with families to support their children’s learning and development.

Explore Consumer Engagement: Strategies for Engaging Families to learn more about engaging parents as consumers in plans, processes, and programs that are part of an agency’s everyday responsibilities.

The Relationship-based Competencies to Support Family Engagement series consist of four resources describing knowledge, skills, and individual practices that professionals need to effectively engage families.

Use the Key Indicators of High-Quality Family Engagement for QRIS to support early childhood state systems-building efforts to advance family engagement.