What is Parent Gauge™?

Parent Gauge™ moves past just the inputs and outputs and instead allows you to take parents’ own words and concretely measure whether your efforts meet the needs of your families.

Who can use it?

There are multiple levels of access: Family service workers and teachers, Center Admins, Program Admins, and State Admins.

Measuring family engagement through parents' own words

NHSA is now offering a web-based instrument that measures parent experience and the impact of early childhood programs’ engagement efforts. This innovative tool aligns with the Office of Head Start’s Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework. Programs can use this tool to identify the needs of their families, the strengths of their PFCE efforts, and areas for improvement. Easy-to-read results provide baseline data and measure growth throughout the year.

Why did we create Parent Gauge™?

Parent and family engagement is such an important element of Head Start’s work but, thus far, programs have lacked a valid, evidence-based tool to measure these efforts. Parent Gauge™ moves past just the inputs and outputs and instead allows you to take parents’ own words and concretely measure whether your efforts meet the needs of your families and further their learning and growth.

 

The creation of Parent Gauge™ was initiated by the Region 5 Head Start Association and the National Head Start Association, with support from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and the Ford Foundation and has been developed by the NORC Center at the University of Chicago. It is a scientifically validated instrument that was pilot tested with Head Start programs nationally. Parent Gauge™ will continue to mature using the data collected, including plans to eventually use Natural Language Processing to analyze open-ended parent responses, and provide insights into family engagement and program improvement.

 

More information is found at https://parentgauge.org