Family & Community Engagement

Frameworks & Toolkits

Nurturing Care Framework (webpage) - The Nurturing care framework for early childhood development was developed by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the World Bank Group. It was made in collaboration with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health and​ the Early Childhood Development Action Network and builds upon state-of-the-art evidence of effective policies and interventions for early childhood development. 

  • Framework (webpage) - The full framework is available to download in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic. 
  • Nurturing Care Framework Toolkit (webpage) - The toolkit web page includes practice guides, county profiles for child development, summaries, and more.

National Family Support Network Frameworks (webpage) - The National Family Support Network is the United States’ coordinating body for Family Resource Center Networks. This site provides access to the foundational frameworks in the field of Family Support, requests a free copy of the nationally adopted Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support, and access resources to support implementation.

The Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework (webpage) - The Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework is a road map for progress. It can be used in program-wide strategic planning, program design, and management, continuous learning and improvement activities, as well as with governing bodies and parent groups. The Framework is also useful as a professional development tool. It can help all staff members understand their role in systemic, integrated, and comprehensive PFCE, and coordinate their efforts with others.

The Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships (webpage) - Based on existing research and best practices, the Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships (Version 2) is designed to support the development of family engagement strategies, policies, and programs. The Framework should be seen as a compass, laying out the goals and conditions necessary to chart a path toward effective family engagement efforts that are linked to student achievement and school improvement.

Early Childhood Family Engagement Toolkit (pdf) - This family engagement toolkit was created by Indiana’s Early Learning Advisory Committee and is intended to support programs along a journey toward new heights of engagement. The toolkit includes the Family Engagement Self-Assessment for Programs which provides a roadmap for ongoing program improvement. It also includes The Program, Family, and Child Outcomes which describe how program actions can help transform family interactions with their children. Also included is a framework describing the philosophical basis for family engagement.

Ripples of Transformation: Families Leading Change in Early Childhood Systems (webpage) - This family engagement toolkit for providers and program leaders outlines how agencies and programs can empower families to advocate for equitable, culturally responsive, and family-friendly early childhood services. This collaborative project was led by First 5 Alameda County with a grant from the Center for the Study of Social Policy.

Be Engaged Birth-5 Framework (pdf) - Louisiana’s Be Engaged Birth-5 Framework can be used by the early childhood workforce to examine current family engagement practices and plan future strategies to partner with families for their children’s development and learning. The Framework provides guidance by outlining goals and strategies to support family engagement initiatives implemented by community networks, public schools, early care and education providers, and families. 

IDEAS Impact Framework (webpage) - A toolkit for innovators in the field of early childhood from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.


Updated 1/09/2024

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