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Family Engagement Basics

Online • Live • 4 PD Hrs

Learn how to engage with families in positive ways and develop meaningful relationships, no matter what your role is at Head Start. Strong partnerships with caregivers are the key to helping children develop, grow, and thrive!


Head Start programs are committed to supporting not just the children they teach, but their parents and families, too. No matter what your role, you have the ability to influence and increase family engagement.

With the right tools, every staff member at your Head Start center can build positive and healthy relationships with children and families! This course dives into the Office of Head Start’s rich Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework.

Learners will understand the key role family culture and communication play in healthy child development and learn practical strategies to implement right away to develop and maintain strong parent relationships. Throughout the course, learners will also learn how family engagement connects to the Head Start Program Performance Standards through lessons, activities, and knowledge check questions.

Start Date: On-Demand

Course Level: None

Requirements/Prerequisites: None

Completion Timeline: One Month

Head Start Alignment: This course supports programs in meeting the 1302.50 Family engagement requirement of the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) in which “a program must integrate parent and family engagement strategies into all systems and program services to support family well-being and promote children’s learning and development.”

Course Outline


  • Online, Self-paced Coursework
  • Access to a National Cohort of Peers
  • 4 Hours of Course Material
  • Video Content
  • 3 Months of Access to Online Course
  • Discussion Forums
  • Digital Badge
  • Certificate of Completion with Professional Development Hours
  • 24/7 Access to Transcript

Course Author



With nearly 50 years of experience, research, and advocacy work, The Academy Team at NHSA has used the highest standards to create this course to support the professional growth and development of Head Start and Early Head Start staff and leadership across the country.

Registration Rates

NHSA Member Rate: $90

Regular Rate: $195

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