The Week of the Young Child draws to a close today with Family Friday. Today we celebrate families
and the important role they play in a child’s development.
Family members are a child’s first and most important teachers. During the month of April we are focusing on Strengthening Families, an evidence-based
approach to prevent child abuse and neglect. Strengthening Families focuses on building up a family’s strengths to create a healthy and safe environment
for children to develop and thrive. This approach identifies five protective factors that, when present, reduce the risk of abuse or neglect:
- Parent Resilience
- Social Connections
- Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development
- Concrete Support in Times of Need
- Healthy Social & Emotional Development of Children
Visit alaskachildrenstrust.org to learn more about Strengthening Families
and to find activities to promote each of the protective factors.