How Strengthening Families Aligns With the Head Start Parent, Family and Community Engagement Framework

2014

This paper explores the alignment between the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s (CSSP’s) Strengthening Families approach and the Head Start Parent, Family and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework so that leaders in states, agencies and early childhood programs, including Head Start programs, can understand the contributions of these frameworks and make informed decisions about implementation strategies to promote parent, family and community engagement to support children’s healthy development and improved outcomes.

Introduction
As the growing understanding of the importance of children’s early years drives increasing attention to early childhood programs, more state systems and local programs are seeking tools to effectively engage parents as partners in supporting young children’s learning and development. The Strengthening Families approach and the Head Start Parent, Family and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework were each designed with this in mind. As states and programs use these frameworks to guide their family engagement efforts, it is helpful to understand more about the intended uses and areas of emphasis of each framework.
At the heart of both Strengthening Families and the Head Start Parent, Family and Community Engagement framework is the understanding that partnering with parents is essential to promoting children’s learning and development. Each provides useful platforms for building community partnerships and coordinated systems that put the needs of families at the center.

ECTACenter.org : System Framework for Part C & Section 619

9/2013

The ECTA Center is developing a system framework for high quality, effective, and efficient Part C and Section 619 programs as one of its initial knowledge development activities over the first two years of its cooperative agreement with OSEP. The work will involve collaboration with national, regional, and state partners.

Six Partner States (DE, ID, MN, NJ, PA, WV) representing Part C and Section 619 will ensure that the framework is reflective of (and applicable to) the diversity of state systems (e.g. Lead Agency, eligibility criteria) and useful to Part C and Section 619 programs.

The Center has also formed a Technical Work Group (TWG) made up of national TA providers, researchers, and consultants with expertise in the field to help guide the development process.

The framework will be designed to guide state-level Part C and Section 619 coordinators and staff in evaluating their current Part C and Section 619 systems, identifying areas for improvement, and providing direction on building a more effective system that requires, supports, and encourages implementation of effective practices.

The framework and corresponding self-assessment will be:

  • Evidence based;
  • Useful to Part C and Section 619 programs, including resources and exemplars to illustrate ways state can meet quality;
  • Responsive to the variation that exists across states; designed in a way that recognizes that states can reach quality in different ways;
  • Related to critical areas of Part C and Section 619;
  • Consistent with IDEA requirements;
  • Consistent with recommended early childhood practices (e.g. DEC, DAP);
  • Consistent with best practices from implementation science;
  • Developed through an iterative validation process where consensus is built across national and state experts in the field; and
  • Comprised of key components of an effective Part C and Section 619 system such as governance structure, funding and finance, personnel, and data systems that are defined and include sub-components and quality indicators scaled to measure the extent to which a component is in place and of high quality.

The framework and corresponding self-assessment will be tools for states to self-assess (and plan for improvement) on the extent to which they are implementing IDEA and supporting local implementation of effective practices.

The ECTA Center will provide general, targeted and intensive TA related to using the framework, self-assessment and resources to help all states improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their systems.

Source: The ECTA Center

Available at: http://ectacenter.org/topics/sysframe/sysframe.asp