What is Parent Gauge?

Parent Gauge is a family engagement assessment tool designed specifically for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The tool measures the parent experience and the impact of your program’s engagement efforts.

By working together, parents can become better parents and teachers can become better teachers.

What does it look like to use Parent Gauge?

A staff member sits down with a family member for a twenty minute conversation. The staff member goes through the questions in the Parent Gauge tool, entering responses into the web-based platform.

As a staff member, you get immediate information about a family’s strengths and needs by having these personal conversation. You can act immediately to support a family as needed. The tool also aggregates the results of the close-ended questions to allow you to see at the program, center, or classroom level what the patterns are to support children and families.

Who uses Parent Gauge?

Parent Gauge was developed specifically to meet the needs of Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Frontline staff—like teachers, family service workers, and home visitors—have conversations with the families in their caseload and get immediate feedback. Leadership gets access to quantitative data to inform program design and measure progress throughout the year.

How is Parent Gauge different from a Strengths and Needs Assessment?

Parent Gauge goes beyond just counting inputs and outputs and is not just a survey that asks parents to report on their housing status, employment status, etc. Programs that use Parent Gauge still get this information, but in the context of learning about parents’ own strengths and their perceptions of how the program is and is not supporting them.

“I’m Bob Manning, Senior Advisor for Community Engagement at NHSA, and I help programs evaluate whether Parent Gauge is right for them.

Tell me about your specific program needs and challenges and I can help you decide how to best measure and grow your PFCE efforts.”

How do I get Parent Gauge?

You can find the Parent Gauge order form at: http://go.nhsa.org/orderpg

Follow these steps to place your order:

  • Select the appropriate item based on your program’s federal budget size (Email parentgauge@nhsa.org if you’re unsure and we’ll check for you!)
  • Add item to order
  • Click on the cart in the upper right-hand corner to check out
  • Click “Continue as Guest here.” towards the bottom of the page. Do not attempt to login.
  • If your program is a member, be sure to use your work email so we can attach it to your record and apply your discount.
  • The payment page will default to credit card payment, but you can also select “PO or Credit Vouchers” on the left-side of the page to receive an invoice instead

How much does it cost?

Parent Gauge uses an annual subscription model. Subscriptions run from July 1 one year to June 30 the next.

What about training and support?

All training and support is included within the cost of your yearly subscription. The Parent Gauge team periodically offers live orientation and training webinars, and previous recordings are always available for those who would like to watch on demand.

Tech support requests can be submitted to https://www.tfaforms.com/4837208.

What if I have more questions?

Just reach out! You can contact us at parentgauge@nhsa.org