Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

About Us

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center has delivered professional development, early child care and education training, and technical assistance to more than 175 child care centers and family child care programs and to more than 160 Head Start/Early Head Start centers or programs (including home-based programs) in 40 states and 15 tribal sovereign nations.  In 2010, the Office of Head Start National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement was established at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center. In 2015, the Brazelton Touchpoints Center was again chosen to lead implementation of the National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement.

Read more about the philosophy and role of the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement in working to enhance the positive development of children from birth through kindergarten and to strengthen Head Start and Early Head Start (HS/EHS) families and communities.

Learn how Brazelton Touchpoints supports child and family outcomes and HS/EHS Program Performance Standards.

Tools and Resources on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

The National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) identifies, develops, and disseminates evidence-based best practices to support the positive growth and development of young children and strengthen families and communities.

While these tools and resources were created for Head Start and Early Head Start programs, the concepts and strategies are applicable across early childhood settings.

Explore the resources featured below, and visit the Office of Head Start ECLKC website to find all of the latest tools, resources, learning opportunities, and more.

img1The Head Start Parent, Family and Community Engagement Framework: Promoting Family Engagement and School Readiness from Prenatal to Age 8

This framework charts a research-based approach to program change, demonstrating how a program can integrate its efforts—across systems and service areas—to promote parent and family engagement in children’s learning development. Available in Spanish.

Additional resources for the PFCE Framework.

img2PFCE Simulation Series: Boosting School Readiness through Effective Family Engagement

Practice everyday strategies to develop positive, goal-oriented relationships with families on Head Start/Early Head Start programs. Explore this series of interactive simulations to promote school readiness. Available in Spanish.

Additional resources for Relationship-based Practice & Skill Building.

img3Bringing the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework to Your Program: Beginning a PFCE Assessment

Use this research-based tool as a first step toward implementing systemic, integrated, and comprehensive approaches to family engagement that have strong potential for achieving family and child outcomes. Available in Spanish.

Building Partnerships: Guide to Developing Relationships with Families
Learn more about the role that positive goal-oriented relationships play in effective parent, family, and community engagement and school readiness. Find definitions, tools, and guides for reflective practice and supervision. Also available as a PDF [PDF, 418KB].

Additional resources for Using Data and Assessing Progress for Families.


Learn More

Visit us on the Office of Head Start ECLKC website: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/family
or contact Kim Alleyne, Director: ncpfce@childrens.harvard.edu