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National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

Federal contract to bring family engagement, parent voice and community engagement to the forefront of early childhood education.

Rebecca Berlin October 28, 2020
  • Early Learning and Care
  • Family Engagement
  • Professional Development
  • Blog

In 2020, Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce) was selected to lead the implementation of the National Center for Parent, Family and Community Engagement (NCPFCE), one of four National Centers that develop evidence-based best practices for Early Head Start and Head Start programs across the country.

The NCPFCE identifies, develops and disseminates evidence-based best practices to support the growth and development of young children and strengthen families and communities.

Start Early will focus on creating high-quality responsive training and technical assistance, rooted in equity and cultural and linguistic responsiveness, to support staff, families and communities nationwide.

We are honored to work with an incredible group of partners as we further bring family engagement, parent voice and community engagement to the forefront of early childhood education.

Diana Rauner, President, Start Early
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Our Work & Focus on Equity

Our belief that all change happens through relationships will shape the project activities, training, technical assistance, and resources produced by the NCPFCE.

Working with a consortium of partners, Start Early will lead the NCPFCE to support family well-being, effective family and community engagement, and children’s school readiness, including transitions to kindergarten. These partnerships will integrate the research-practice knowledge of family and community engagement, human services, early childhood, social work, mental health, parenting, leadership, and family economic mobility into the NCPFCE content and activities.

The NCPFCE will have a strong equity focus and seeks to bring program, family and community voice to the forefront of early childhood education. Throughout the project, schools in the Educare Learning Network and other Early Head Start and Head Start grantees will serve as on-the-ground labs for piloting and field-testing innovations in parent, family and community engagement.

Our Partners

  • Child Trends
  • LIFT
  • Early Learning Lab
  • Fred Roders Center
  • UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

Our Funders

The National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) is jointly administered by the Office of Head Start and the Office of Child Care.

Learn More

Although NCPFCE resources and materials are developed specifically for Early Head Start, Head Start and child care programs, the information and strategies are applicable across all early childhood education settings.

Access all NCPFCE resources and materials via the Office of Head Start’s Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center.

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About the Author

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Rebecca Berlin

Senior Vice President, Quality, Solutions and Impact

Rebecca Berlin, Ph.D., oversees the Quality, Solutions and Impact and Research and Evaluation divisions at Start Early.

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