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 and Early Head Start centers or programs (including home-based programs) in 40 states and 15 tribal sovereign nations. In 2010, the 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, Early Head Start and child care families and communities.

Tools and Resources About 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, Early Head Start, and child care programs, the concepts and strategies are applicable across all early childhood settings.

Explore the resources featured below, and visit the Office of Head Start’s Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center to find all of the latest tools, resources, learning opportunities, and more.


Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework

The Head Start PFCE Framework is intended to inspire a renewed spirit of engagement and collaboration with families and community partners. These partnerships are key as programs identify and take next steps to achieve better outcomes for children and families.

Explore the revised Head Start PFCE Framework to learn more about the ways programs can use it, including for:

  • Program-wide Strategic Planning
  • Program Design and Management
  • Continuous Learning and Improvement Activities
  • Professional Development for Staff
  • Enhancement and Coordination of Program Services

Available in Spanish.


Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework for Early Childhood Systems

Family engagement is essential to high-quality services for all children in early childhood care and education. From the beginning of life, families nurture their children and the capacities they will need to be ready for school.

Explore the research-based Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework for Early Childhood Systems. This Framework is 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.

It is intended for state, tribal, and territory leaders, administrators, providers, parents, and other decision-makers in early childhood systems and programs.



Relationship-Based Competencies to Support Family Engagement

The Relationship-based Competencies (RBCs) are based on research and recommended practice across many fields working with families from pregnancy through the early childhood years. These fields include:

  • Early care and education
  • Early intervention
  • Infant mental health
  • Child welfare
  • Maternal and child health
  • Pediatrics
  • Social work
  • Psychology

The RBCs are consistent with specific state core knowledge and competencies for early childhood professionals and other preparation resources for the early childhood workforce. They can reinforce and extend efforts across states to increase family engagement in early childhood programs. The RBCs are aligned with the Head Start Program Performance Standards and the 2016 Child Care and Development Fund Final Rule


Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness: Interactive Learning Series for Early Childhood Professionals

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 regulations for Head Start, Early Head Start, and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)-subsidized programs.

This interactive learning series is intended for professionals in Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care, including early childhood and school-age child care providers, CCDF Lead Agency or designated entity staff, and other key stakeholders. Learn how to identify families experiencing homelessness, conduct community outreach, and much more.


Building Partnerships with Families Series

The goal of parent and family engagement is to work with families to build strong and effective partnerships that can help children and families thrive. These partnerships are grounded in positive, ongoing, and goal-oriented relationships with families. The relationships are based on mutual respect and trust. They are also developed over time, through a series of interactions between staff and families.

Successful relationships focus on families’ strengths. They build on a shared commitment to the child’s well-being and success. As relationships between staff and families grow stronger, mutually respectful partnerships are built. Strong partnerships with families contribute to positive and lasting change for families and children.

Explore these resources to learn strategies to strengthen relationships with families.


Celebrating What Fathers Do Every Day: Wall Posters

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 wall posters to celebrate fathers’ passion for their children. They highlight the many things fathers do for their children every day, like comfort, inspire, love, and teach. The posters are available for download in several sizes. Available in Spanish.


Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Simulation Series: Boosting School Readiness through Effective Family Engagement

What you do and say matters! Explore and practice everyday strategies to develop positive goal-oriented relationships with a family. These relationships are key to our work with children and families, including the journey toward school readiness. Try one of four simulations in this series. Available in Spanish.

  1. Engaging Families from the Start. Available in Spanish.
  2. Goal Setting with Families. Available in Spanish.
  3. Starting with Strengths in Challenging Times. Available in Spanish.
  4. Relationship-based Practices: Talking with Families about Developmental Concerns about



Learn More

Visit us on the following websites:

Office of Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC)
Office of Child Care Child Care Technical Assistance (CCTA)


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