Family & Community Engagement

Engaging Communities

Engaging Community Partners to Strengthen Family Services (website) – This series guides program efforts to strengthen child and family outcomes in line with the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework and the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS). More community engagement resources from the Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center are available here.

NAEYC Community Outreach Resource Page (website) – A collection of articles and resources that illustrate creative and collaborative approaches to building community partnerships and connecting children to their neighborhoods and communities.

Engaging ELL Families Through Community Partnerships (website) – The following strategies offer tips for thinking creatively about how to work with community partners and identify the most effective partnerships for your school community.

Project Growth (website) – This is one of many initiatives the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families has introduced to stabilize our communities’ childcare systems and bolster Wisconsin’s economy. Project Growth helps Wisconsin businesses, communities, and ECE partners add services, find solutions, and innovate. Here you can find several resources including a Business-Child Care Partnership Tool Kit, spotlights of innovative communities, media resources and current research.

Family Resource Centers (website) – FRCs are community organizations serving all types of families with fun and educational programs and activities, opportunities to meet one another, and chances for their children to play together. Find a Family Resource Center near you.

A Community Mapping Discussion Guide for Birth through 8 Stakeholders (pdf) – This discussion guide from The National Academies, which accompanies an online mapping tool, offers suggestions to help potential partners explore ways to work together to improve professional learning and other supports for the workforce—and, ultimately, to improve outcomes for children ages birth through age 8 and beyond.

Early Relational Health Community Mapping Tool (pdf) – The Early Relational Health Community Mapping Tool allows community leaders to reflect on the ways in which their community currently supports and promotes the development of ERH, and identify action steps to improve and expand upon those efforts. This resource is from the Center for the Study of Social Policy.


Updated 8/16/2023