Presenter: Grisel Morales
Crystal Stairs, Inc.
gmorales@crystalstairs.org
R&R Network/CAPPA Conference
Friday, September 2...
Overview of the Strengthening Families
Framework
Five Protective Factors
Program Strategies
Group Activity
What is you...
Them?
Us?
Me?
What would you do?
 It is a research-based, cost-effective approach
that focuses on building five Protective Factors
that promote healthy de...
“Protective factors are conditions in families
and communities that, when present, increase
the health and well-being of c...
Parental Resilience
Social Connections
Knowledge of parenting and child
development
Concrete support in times of need
...
 A parent’s psychological health plays an important
role in their child’s development
 Parents who are emotionally healt...
 Everyone benefits from a strong network of extended family,
friends, neighbors and others who provide healthy
relationsh...
Parents who understand the usual course
of child development are more likely to
be able to nurture their children’s healt...
Families need to have basic needs
(shelter, food, clothing, health care) met
to ensure a child’s healthy development
Pro...
A child’s emerging ability to interact
positively with others, self-regulate their
behavior and effectively communicate
t...
1. Facilitate Friendships and Mutual Support
2. Strengthen Parenting
3. Respond to Family Crises
4. Link Families to Servi...
Group Activity and
Discussion
(15 minutes)
What is your program
already doing to build
the 5PFs?
 Hire or develop staff who can develop trusting
relationships with families, and provide opportunities
for these relation...
 Provide resources to help parents understand the
causes of stress and how it affects health, relationships,
and family l...
 Partner with resources in the community that help
families manage stress and deal with crises, including
programs that o...
 Set aside a welcoming space for parents to mingle and
talk. Provide coffee, snacks, or other “perks”
 Use regular potlu...
 Connect parents with organizations and resources outside
the program, such as churches or other classes that fit their
i...
 Connect parents to economic resources such as job
training and social services
 Serve as an access point for health car...
 Help families access crisis services such as a battered
woman’s shelter, mental health services, or substance
abuse coun...
 Train staff to listen for family stress and initiate positive
conversations about family needs
 Let parents know about ...
 Offer informal, daily interactions between parents and
program staff, plus coaching from staff on specific
developmental...
 Provide observation opportunities such as video
monitors or windows into classrooms and outdoor
space, where parents can...
 Use both structured curriculum and informal
interaction to teach children to share, be respectful of
others, and express...
 Provide art programs that allow children to express
themselves in ways other than words
 Foster ongoing engagement and ...
 Take timely action when there is concern – this might
include asking another experienced teacher or staff
member to help...
Creating a new normal
It takes time
It takes commitment
It takes practice
This is Water
Implement simple strategies to the work
you already do
You are already doing it
Simple Awareness
All information in this presentation can be found at:
 The Center for the Study of Social Policy
www.cssp.org
 Strategie...
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Strengthening families framework and the five protective factors rr network cappa joint conference 2013

  1. 1. Presenter: Grisel Morales Crystal Stairs, Inc. gmorales@crystalstairs.org R&R Network/CAPPA Conference Friday, September 20, 2013 9:45 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
  2. 2. Overview of the Strengthening Families Framework Five Protective Factors Program Strategies Group Activity What is your level of understanding?
  3. 3. Them?
  4. 4. Us?
  5. 5. Me?
  6. 6. What would you do?
  7. 7.  It is a research-based, cost-effective approach that focuses on building five Protective Factors that promote healthy development for children, better outcomes for families and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect  Developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation  Focused on early care and education and the vital role ECE can play in building the five Protective Factors
  8. 8. “Protective factors are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families.They serve as buffers, helping parents who might otherwise be at risk of abusing their children to find resources, supports, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress.” (Source: Strengthening Families and Communities 2009 Resource Guide, page 8)
  9. 9. Parental Resilience Social Connections Knowledge of parenting and child development Concrete support in times of need Social and emotional competence of children
  10. 10.  A parent’s psychological health plays an important role in their child’s development  Parents who are emotionally healthy are able to maintain a positive attitude, creatively solve problems and effectively rise to the challenges that emerge in every family’s life  Resilient parents form attachments to their children, foster the child’s healthy development and are less likely to abuse or neglect their children
  11. 11.  Everyone benefits from a strong network of extended family, friends, neighbors and others who provide healthy relationships, support and problem solving  Belonging to a network builds parents’“social capital” and encourages opportunities to “give back”; helps develop a community that helps each other out, solves problems together and provides fun and companionship  Friendships lead to mutual assistance in getting tangible resources and lend emotional support  Help parents develop and reinforce community norms
  12. 12. Parents who understand the usual course of child development are more likely to be able to nurture their children’s healthy development and less likely to be abusive or harmful to their children
  13. 13. Families need to have basic needs (shelter, food, clothing, health care) met to ensure a child’s healthy development Programs of all kinds need to be able to direct families to services and supports for meeting basic needs when necessary
  14. 14. A child’s emerging ability to interact positively with others, self-regulate their behavior and effectively communicate their feelings has a positive impact on their relationships with their family, other adults and peers
  15. 15. 1. Facilitate Friendships and Mutual Support 2. Strengthen Parenting 3. Respond to Family Crises 4. Link Families to Services and Opportunities 5. Value and Support Parents 6. Facilitate Children’s Social and Emotional Development 7. Observe and Respond to Early Warning Signs of Abuse and Neglect
  16. 16. Group Activity and Discussion (15 minutes) What is your program already doing to build the 5PFs?
  17. 17.  Hire or develop staff who can develop trusting relationships with families, and provide opportunities for these relationships to flourish  Understand that mental health consultants are an integral part of the staff team, available to staff and to parents when additional support is needed  Train staff to observe children for early signs of child or family distress and respond to children and their families with encouragement, support, and help in solving problems
  18. 18.  Provide resources to help parents understand the causes of stress and how it affects health, relationships, and family life  Teach parents concrete skills to prevent stress, such as planning and goal-setting, anticipating difficulties, problem-solving, communication, and self-care  Link parents with resources for stress management, such as exercise opportunities relaxation techniques, and venues for meditation or prayer
  19. 19.  Partner with resources in the community that help families manage stress and deal with crises, including programs that offer family-to-family help for personalized, sustained support, as well as services such as mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence programs, and self-help support groups
  20. 20.  Set aside a welcoming space for parents to mingle and talk. Provide coffee, snacks, or other “perks”  Use regular potluck dinners with parents and children to reach out to new parents and foster new friendships  Sponsor sports and outdoor activities for parents, including fathers  Provide classes and workshops on parenting, cooking, health, and other topics of interest
  21. 21.  Connect parents with organizations and resources outside the program, such as churches or other classes that fit their interest  Create special outreach activities for fathers, grandparents, and other extended family members  Offer parents who seem interested specific suggestions, information, or services to help them make social connections  Offer resources to help parents overcome transportation, child care, and other barriers to participating in social activities
  22. 22.  Connect parents to economic resources such as job training and social services  Serve as an access point for health care, child care subsidies, and other benefits  Provide for immediate needs through a closet with extra winter coats and a direct connection to a food pantry; facilitate help from other parents when appropriate
  23. 23.  Help families access crisis services such as a battered woman’s shelter, mental health services, or substance abuse counseling by helping families make initial calls and appointments, assisting with transportation, and providing the name of a contact person in addition to a phone number  Link parents with service providers who speak their language or share a similar background, when available
  24. 24.  Train staff to listen for family stress and initiate positive conversations about family needs  Let parents know about all available community resources, so they may select what is most appropriate for their needs
  25. 25.  Offer informal, daily interactions between parents and program staff, plus coaching from staff on specific developmental challenges when they arise (e.g., inconsolable crying, eating or sleeping problems, biting, sharing toys, lying, problems with peers)  Provide parent education opportunities through classes or workshops that address topics parents request or that respond to current issues.
  26. 26.  Provide observation opportunities such as video monitors or windows into classrooms and outdoor space, where parents can watch their child interacting with other children and learn new techniques by observing staff  Give parents opportunities to participate in conversations with other parents about their own experiences as children and how they want to change their parenting  Offer a lending library of educational materials about parenting and child development
  27. 27.  Use both structured curriculum and informal interaction to teach children to share, be respectful of others, and express themselves through language  Include discussions about the importance of feelings in programming for children and parents  Create and post a chart that describes which social and emotional skills children typically do and do not possess at different ages
  28. 28.  Provide art programs that allow children to express themselves in ways other than words  Foster ongoing engagement and communication with parents about their children’s social and emotional development and the actions the program is taking to facilitate it; children often take home what they are learning at school  Encourage and provide opportunities for parents to share resources with each other and exchange ideas about how they promote their children’s social and emotional development
  29. 29.  Take timely action when there is concern – this might include asking another experienced teacher or staff member to help observe a child, talking with the parent, or bringing in a consultant
  30. 30. Creating a new normal It takes time It takes commitment It takes practice
  31. 31. This is Water Implement simple strategies to the work you already do You are already doing it Simple Awareness
  32. 32. All information in this presentation can be found at:  The Center for the Study of Social Policy www.cssp.org  Strategies http://www.familyresourcecenters.net/projects- 2/strengthening-families-california/  Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being:A Network for Action 2012 Resource Guide (Product of a collaboration among the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention and the Center for the Study of Social Policy-Strengthening Families) Don’t forget to fill out your evaluations!

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