It’s the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)’s Week of the Young Child, and today is Family Friday.
Families are the first and most important teachers in the lives of young children. Family Friday is a time to celebrate your family’s unique story, and to focus on building your family’s strengths. Alaska’s Strengthening Families initiative promotes five “protective factors” that make a family strong and reduce the risk of child maltreatment. These protective factors are:
- Parental resilience
- Knowledge of parenting and child development
- Social connections
- Concrete support in times of need
- Healthy social and emotional development of children