Early education and care programs can have a significant impact on reducing child abuse and neglect. To support programs in achieving this important goal, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) developed the Strengthening Families approach. This approach is the product of a research study which was conducted across the country starting in 2001. In this study, researchers found a correlation between quality early childhood education and care programs and the reduction of abuse and neglect in families. During this training, participants will learn about the Strengthening Families Approach, risk and protective factors, strategies to support families, and use of the early childhood educator program self-assessment.
Strengthening Families Self-Assessment includes: Self-Assessment, Protective Factors Survey, and Staff Survey. This tool is required for center-based/ school based, FCC, and Afterschool/Out of School Time Programs participating in QRIS at Level 2.
The Strengthening Families approach was developed by The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) after conducting research on early care and education programs across the country. Starting in 2001, the CSSP began documenting the role early education and care programs can have in the reduction of child abuse and neglect. As a result of this study, a new framework and approach to the prevention of abuse and neglect emerged. The researchers found a positive link between good early childhood education and care programs and the reduction of abuse and neglect. This training will include a history of the Strengthening Families Approach, risk and protective factors, strategies to support families, and the early childhood educator self-assessment.
Investments in quality early education have high rates of return for society. Investing in early childhood education has been shown to increase school success, improve economic status, and reduce incarceration. Strong business practices are essential in creating and maintaining fiscally sound early childhood programs, with learning environments that nurture and challenge young children. This is imperative in all early childhood settings as educators play a vital role in ensuring that children experience a smooth transition from the early years to the early grades.
There is strong evidence that the course of development can be altered in early childhood through the implementation of effective interventions that alter the balance between risk and protection. The strategies presented in the Strengthening Families (SF) Approach serve to help educators integrate protective factors into their programs. This training is intended for participants who have completed the Strengthening Families introductory course. Participants will bring a completed SF tool to the training. During this training, participants will revisit their self-assessment results, discuss their action plan, articulate steps and challenges to putting their plan into action, and work with their program to implement program wide improvements.
Participants need to bring the following to the training:
Attended Level 1 training on Strengthening Families content and scoring, completed scoring, updated program and professional improvement plans.
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REGION 1 - Friday, November 11. 2016- Greenfield, MA – 8:45AM-3:00PM
Monday, March 13, 2017- Pittsfield, MA- 9:00AM-3:00PM
Friday, March 17, 2017- Holyoke, MA- 8:45AM-3:00PM
Friday, May 19, 2017- Springfield, MA- 8:30AM-2:30PM
REGION 5 - TBA