Promoting Children’s Well-being

Topics: Family, Marriage, Leadership Pages: 135 (16162 words) Published: October 28, 2014
Using the Head Start Parent,
Family, and Community Engagement
Framework in Your Program:

Markers of Progress
1

This document was prepared under Grant #90HC0003 for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, by the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement.

Contents
Letter to the Members of the Head Start Community .................................................................................................................... 1 Foreword............................................................................................................................................................................................... 5 Using this Guide in Your Program ....................................................................................................................................................11 Step 1: Build a PFCE Self-Assessment Team .............................................................................................................................15 Step 2: Use the Assessment Tool ................................................................................................................................................25 Step 3: Create a PFCE Action Plan..............................................................................................................................................71 Acknowledgments .............................................................................................................................................................................79 Research and Best Practices References .........................................................................................................................................80 Table of Elements/Indicators and Related Head Start Performance Standards .........................................................................82

Dear Members of the Head Start Community,
You and your program are in a unique position to
promote children’s well-being – today and in the
future – by engaging their parents and families.
Parents and family members are the “forever”
people in a child’s life. They will shape their child’s
sense of self, others, and the world over the years
and across the miles.
As research suggests, when you create positive
and trusting relationships with parents and
family members, they are more likely to become
engaged in their young child’s development
and learning1. In Head Start/Early Head Start,
these relationships focus on goals that families
develop with the support of program leadership,
staff, and engaged community partners. These
goal-directed relationships are part of the twogenerational approach of working with children and adult family members that distinguishes
Head Start/Early Head Start from other early
childhood initiatives. They are most likely to take
root within programs that take intentional steps
to promote parent and family engagement.
Working hand-in-hand with the Office of Head
Start, we have created a definition of parent,
family, and community engagement as follows:
In Head Start and Early Head Start programs,
parent, family, and community engagement
means building relationships with families
that support family well-being, strong parentchild relationships and ongoing learning and

1 Bryk, A.S. & Schneider, B. (2003). Trust in schools: a core resource for school reform. Educational Leadership, 60(6). Lopez, M.E., Dorros, S., & Weiss, H. (1999). Family-centered child care. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Family Research Project.

development of parents and children alike. It
refers to the beliefs, attitudes, behaviors and
activities of families that support their children’s
positive development from early childhood
through young adulthood. Family engagement
happens in the home, early childhood
program, school and community, and is a
shared...

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