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Tracking progress in early care and education: Program, staff, and family measurement tools

Families who are safe and healthy, with strong relationships and adequate financial resources are in a good position to help their young children learn and thrive. High quality early care and education program staff, including staff from Head Start and Early Head Start programs, know this and work hard to partner with families to make progress toward their goals by developing positive, goal-oriented relationships with families. It is often challenging, though, for programs to track family progress and staff's efforts to support that progress. This guide is for you-early care and education staff-to help you choose the right tools for you, for your staff, for your program, and for the families with whom you work. This is a compilation of fifteen high quality tools that you can use to track family progress toward their goals and the efforts of early care and education staff to help families advance toward those goals. Some are surveys while others are conducted by observation or interview. All address one or more of the outcomes identified in the Office of Head Start (OHS) Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework. (author abstract)
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