Transform Practice & Engage Families

Approach Wheel

Parents are their own best experts at what they need, what strengths they can draw from and build upon, and where the sticky challenges are for themselves and their families. Developed by the W.K. Kellogg FoundationFamily-Centered Coaching is a set of strategies, tools, and resources that can help programs, agencies, case managers, coaches, and others change the ways they work with families striving to reach their goals.

With this set of resources, we are hoping to undo, and redo, how we approach working with families – to see families holistically, even though the environment within which we work may not.

family-centered coaching Toolkit

We have assembled a set of tools and resources that can help implement this vision of working holistically with families to accomplish their goals. The main focus of the toolkit is on goal-setting in service of milestone achievement, because this approach is the most promising in putting parents in the driver’s seat with a focus on longer-term goals. But there are other approaches that lead toward goal-setting. These approaches, including case management and readiness assessment, provide important tools at key moments for families, so they are also addressed, though more briefly. We also offer guidance on how parents and coaches can work together to decide what approach is best at which time.

Six Steps of FCC

Walk through the six steps of the Family-Centered Coaching approach.

Assess Your Readiness

Take the assessments here or email to receive shared copies (via SurveyMonkey) to use in your organization.

Get Involved

Join us to transform the way we engage and serve families in our communities. Whether you want to learn, teach, or practice, start by contacting Rachel Brooks at The Prosperity Agenda at

We know that together, committed individuals with passion and purpose can advance more effective practices for families. Together we can transform the ways in which our programs and systems respond and meet the needs of whole families.
— Paula Sammons, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation