There are five main goals of the CFCE program:
- Increase knowledge of and accessibility to high-quality early education and care programs and services for families with children prenatal through school-age.
- Promote parent education, family engagement and early literacy.
- Facilitate collaboration and community planning between local early education and care partners and other community stake holders, including parents.
- Provide support and information to families with children transitioning between and among early education and care settings, home and school, and
- Support early education and care programs across the public and private sectors in delivering high-quality services.
Through direct services and/or referrals, local CFCE programs provide a variety of services, which include:
Providing families access to:
- child development information;
- transition information and supports;
- assistance with meeting basic needs;
- timely support in periods of family crisis;
- high quality, specific and up-to-date information and referrals.
- family literacy and school readiness activities;
- family and community events;
- parent leadership opportunities; and
- information about early education and care opportunities and other community resources that support parents in their role as their child's first teacher.
Providing the early education and care community with:
- support in identifying program quality needs and accessing training and other professional development opportunities;
- opportunities to share best practices and coordinate resources, and
- linkages to technical assistance and local resources to assist them in meeting quality standards