What is Parent, Family & Community Engagement (PFCE)?

  • Parent and Family Engagement in Head Start / Early Head Start (HS/EHS) is about building relationships with families that support family well-being, strong relationships between parents and their children, and ongoing learning and development for both parents and children. The Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework is a road map for progress in achieving the kinds of outcomes that lead to positive and enduring change for children and families.  The PFCE Framework was developed in partnership with programs, family experts, and the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement.  It is a research-based approach to program change that shows how an agency can work together as a whole – across systems and service areas to promote parent and family engagement and children’s learning and development.

The PFCE Framework consists of seven (7) Family Engagement Outcomes and the ultimate outcome for the children.


Family Engagement Outcomes Child Outcomes
1.     Family well-being Promotes school readiness – Children are ready for school and sustain development and  learning gains through third grade
2.     Positive Parent-Child Relationships
3.     Families as Lifelong Educators
4.     Families as Learners
5.     Family Engagement  in Transitions
6.     Family Connections to Peers and Community
7.     Families as Advocates and Leaders


Why is Parent, Family & Community Engagement Important?

Benefits for Children

  • Higher grades & test scores
  • Better school attendance
  • Excel in extracurricular activities, sports and clubs
  • Decrease the likelihood of children dropping out of school in later years
  • They have a more positive attitude about school and other life situations
  • Less likely to misbehave and get into trouble
  • Sends the message to the child that they are cared for
  • Builds up a child’s self-esteem
  • Develops productive qualities like self-discipline and high aspirations
  • Motivated to succeed because they feel good about themselves
  • More likely to attend college because they have always been supported with their academics
  • Decrease the likelihood of getting involved with drugs and alcohol


Benefits for Families

  • Parents increase their interaction and discussion with their children and are more responsive and sensitive to their children’s needs.
  • Parents are more confident in their parenting and decision-making skills.
  • As parents gain more knowledge of child development, there is more use of affection and positive reinforcement and less punishment on their children.
  • Parents have a better understanding of the teacher’s job and school curriculum.
  • When parents are aware of what their children are learning, they are more likely to become more involved in their children’s learning activities at home.
  • Parents’ perceptions of the school are improved and there are stronger ties and commitment to the school.
  • Parents are more aware of, and become more active in school and take part in decision making that affects their children’s education.