Early Childhood Associates

Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE)

The Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) program is the key organizational vehicle for the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care to build and strengthen a local infrastructure of supports and services for families. The goal is to ensure that “all families with young children, especially those with the greatest need for educational supports and those experiencing multiple risk factors, have access to the resources available to support their success in their communities.”   Each grantee provides comprehensive support for children and their families through educational programming and referrals to a broad range of service providers that is based on a comprehensive needs assessment.

ECA conducted statewide analyses of the needs assessment reports submitted by 90 CFCE grantees to answer the following questions.

  • What are the patterns in family needs across the Commonwealth and the availability of resources to support those need across the 90 CFCE grantees?
  • How is EEC’s investment in CFCE services and budgets aligned with needs? Is there a match between the financial investments in each community and the CFCE target population?
  • Do service elements within each of the CFCE priorities align with research-based best practices for producing optimal child/family outcomes?
  • What CFCE required services should be prioritized in needs assessment reporting in future grant years?


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