Head Start Programs: Enhance Parent Engagement & School Readiness

Head Start

Highly accessible, evidence-based family engagement aligned to the Head Start PFCE framework and the ELOF – with easy implementation through ChildPlus.

ParentPowered meets the highest level of evidence for research-based parenting curricula.


NHSA and ParentPowered have teamed up to offer enhanced family engagement support.

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Empower your families

ParentPowered evidence-based family engagement curricula make it easy to give families what they need to support your Head Start learning goals. Each week, parents and caregivers receive text messages with fun facts and easy tips on how to promote their children’s development by building on existing family routines – like pointing out letters on the shampoo bottle during bath time and naming their sounds.

Want an extra level of support? ParentPowered Trauma-Informed is designed to support families who have experienced multiple ACEs and is a great way to connect families with concrete resources.

Do you use the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ®-3)? ParentPowered Personalized Learning curates a custom curriculum based on your students’ screener results, provides referrals when appropriate, and sends reminders to take the next screener.


Parent, Family & Community Engagement Made Easy

With every ParentPowered curriculum, we make it easy for you to deliver a great family engagement program to your families. 


  • ParentPowered is available in 10+ languages
  • Three unique programs give you flexibility to focus on what matters to you
  • Enroll all families with one click with ChildPlus
  • Send your own messages to connect families to local resources
  • Analyze data on demand
  • Loop teachers into the conversation with newsletters for each ParentPowered unit
  • See the impact on your families with family engagement surveys and an End-of-Year Impact Report
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Aligned to Head Start Standards


ParentPowered meets the highest level of evidence for parenting curricula as defined by the Office of Head Start’s National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement. The program is listed under both Group-Based and Home-Based delivery in the Parenting Curricula databases located on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website. The databases assist Head Start and Early Head Start programs in choosing a parenting curriculum to meet Head Start Program Performance Standards, specifically 45 CFR § 1302.51.


What Parents Receiving ParentPowered Messages Say

"[My favorite thing about the messages is] The fact that they make math and reading look practical in the house"

"The literacy activities have helped my son's reading level skyrocket!"

"By giving fun tips, relaxing questions to ask to your child, and advice on rewarding our children, [ParentPowered helps in] a lot of ways."

"Getting ideas to help them engage in conversation, understanding different objects and shapes the represent."

"They're always a good reminder to be intentional with my child when we do day-to-day activities."

"With the suggestions you suggest I use them right away & use them over & over. My daughter remembers repetition & she is progressing very well."

"It has increased her engagement with us and us with her, so that has been nice!"

"I have found ways for her to elaborate conversationally in ways I wouldn't normally have thought of."

"[ParentPowered] is the same as having a life coach.. .very well needed and appreciated."

"With working full time, picking up from daycare, there is precious little time in the evening to connect with the family beyond dinner, these ideas help 👍."

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See Why Educators Love ParentPowered

Take a self-paced tour of the ParentPowered programs to answer questions like:

  • How does the evidence-based methodology work?
  • What do the families receive each week?
  • Which skills and content areas are covered in each curricula?
  • How do the curricula support classroom learning?
  • What does the implementation process look like?
  • What kind of data and reporting is included in the program?

Take the Tour

How ParentPowered Works

Enroll families with one click

The ParentPowered report in ChildPlus enables programs to easily enroll all of their families in one click —  in multiples languages for multiple ages.


Your families will begin receiving texts

Each week, parents receive texts with fun facts and tips on how to support their children’s development by building on daily routines.

Increase your impact

Support families all year long. You can also send custom messages, track click data, and survey families to learn what matters most to them.

Watch your families grow

Quarterly family engagement surveys and end of year impact reports show how your families are growing with ParentPowered.

ParentPowered Products

Choose the ParentPowered curriculum that best meets your program’s goals.

ParentPowered Core

Head Start-aligned whole child parenting curriculum to spark everyday learning moments

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Core - PK3 Math


Aligned to the protective factors framework to give families an additional layer of support

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Social and Emotional Competency of Children

Personalized Learning

Personalized curriculum based on a child’s Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ®-3) screener results

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Gross Motor

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What Partners Say About ParentPowered

“We need to invest in things that parents don’t have to show up for, things that show up for parents in their homes.”

Angela Glore
Executive Director
First 5 Del Norte

"We've all miscalculated how desperately families really wanted something like this."

James Pond
Governor's Early Literacy Foundation

"Parents really appreciate that it is simple, doesn't require anything additional, and stays on their phone."

Lori Krzeszewski
WAKE Up and Read
Sequatchie Valley Head Start

"It's old school, new school. It's innovative, but then the text messaging... it's a quick read. And just like that this can reach so many families."

Christy Vandergriff
Assistant Director
Sequatchie Valley Head Start

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ParentPowered Funding

Looking for ways to fund your ParentPowered program? We can help.

Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF)

ParentPowered leverages the power of text messaging to send evidence-based messages addressing each of the Central Domains in the ELOF: Social & Emotional Development; Language & Literacy; Cognition; and, Perceptual, Motor, & Physical Development.

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Head Start Trauma Informed

Informed by SAMHSA’s 4Rs, built on a robust evidence base, and closely aligned to Head Start requirements, ParentPowered Trauma-Informed can be supported through funds set aside for family engagement, Head Start Quality Improvement Funds, and COVID-19 funding, among others.

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PFCE Framework

ParentPowered meets all the requirements and the highest level of evidence as a “Evidence/Research-Based” curriculum in the Parenting Curricula Review Databases compiled by the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement.

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