Daily Update March 8, 2016 - Strengthening Families Webinar on RME 3/10/16

Please see the announcement in the email below from Strengthening Families regarding a free webinar on March 10 (this week). Ted Futris and colleague from Missouri are presenting on the link between relationship and marriage education and the strengthening families framework, a national model guiding parenting education programs.  The webinar will provide a brief introduction to the relationship education model grounding the HMRE project. 

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 eUpdate                                                                       Feb. 25, 2016





March Webinar: Strengthening Families and Marriage and Relationship Education


Please join us on Thursday, March 10, from 3-4 p.m. ET, for our regular monthly Strengthening Families networking webinar. This month, we will focus on how the Strengthening Families approach aligns with healthy relationship and marriage education. Professors Ted Futris from the University of Georgia and David Schramm from the University of Missouri will present their work on the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Model and how it aligns with the Strengthening Families approach. Register now, and mark your calendars for subsequent webinars at the same time on April 14May 12 and June 9.






Joining Forces to Strengthen Families


The Santa Barbara County Partnership for Strengthening Families brings together the county's Child Abuse Prevention Council, Child Care Planning Council and Network of Family Resource Centers in a coordinated effort to prevent child abuse and neglect, promote optimal development and strengthen families. The three entities have partnered for several years, but with the renewal of their Memoranda of Understanding in 2015, they have reinvigorated the collaboration and renamed the partnership with the intent of utilizing the Strengthening Families framework as a way to organize the work, share a common vision, develop common language across disciplines and develop a shared definition of family engagement.


The Child Abuse Prevention Council has been engaging parents around the protective factors with parent cafes since 2010, with a booklet developed and published by the participating parents in 2011, and the model is now spreading across the Partnership. The Network of Family Resource Centers continues to develop the capacity of direct service staff that work with children and families and provide training on the protective factors in the community. The Child Care Planning Council has been instrumental in promoting quality early care settings and elevating the Center for the Social Emotional Foundations for Learning as a best practice. Each entity plays a distinct role connected by the Strengthening Families Framework.


"This is an exciting time, with each council/network working together to be mutually supportive across the early care, family support and prevention systems," explained Teressa Rodriguez-Johnes from First 5 Santa Barbara County. "One of the things that resonates within the partnership is the cross-sharing and -learning that is taking place that will benefit the partnership, children and families." Learn more about the Santa Barbara County Partnership for Strengthening Familieshere.



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Making the Link: Devereux Center for Resilient Children

The latest fact sheet in our "Making the Link" series describes the links between Strengthening Families and the resources available from the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC). DCRC's mission is to promote social and emotional development, foster resilience and build skills for school and life success in children birth through school-age, as well as to promote the resilience of the adults who care for them. The new fact sheet describes how resources developed by DCRC to support resilience in children and adults are consistent with the Strengthening Families approach. 



New Training Resource: Tools to Support Strengthening Families Implementation


The eighth and final module in CSSP's scripted Strengthening Families curriculum is now available. This module describes many of the tools available to support implementation of the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework. Download the slides and a trainer script today. This module can be used with any audience interested in learning about the resources available to them for implementation; you may want to use a subset of slides from it depending on your audience.


The scripted Strengthening Families curriculum was developed in partnership with jurisdictions that are implementing Strengthening Families in their child welfare systems. The materials are free for your use and adaptation. See an overview of the curriculum and let us know how you put the materials to use! 







New Brief: Sustaining New Approaches in Child Welfare: A Framework for Sustainability for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams


The first in a series of briefs from the Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams (QIC-CT), this new brief lays out a framework for sustainability and the key elements necessary to understand and leverage to sustain - and institutionalize - a new approach, practice or delivery model. While each site faces unique opportunities and challenges that impact their strategies for sustaining the work, the guiding questions in this brief are intended to help frame local thinking and sustainability planning.


The QIC-CT is an initiative funded by the United States Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau. It is leading an effort in information-sharing and knowledge-building to help ensure that local jurisdictions and states have the tools necessary to identify and address the underlying challenges faced by families in the child welfare system and to ensure that infants, toddlers, and families have access to high-quality, evidence-based services. The QIC-CT is operated by ZERO TO THREE and its partners, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and RTI International. 








A Conversation on Reducing Poverty and Restoring Opportunity


What opportunities does the current attention to child poverty present for helping policymakers understand the importance of protective factors and efforts to help families build them? Longtime Strengthening Families partner, the Child and Family Policy Center, recently opened up this conversation in a blog post titled "Restoring the American Dream: An opportunity and responsibility for child advocates." Check it out, and share your thoughts in a comment on the blog.


Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators


ZERO TO THREE recently released its Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators™, now available from ZERO TO THREE's bookstore here.

The Critical Competencies:

  • Support educators who work in group settings (center-based and family child care homes) with infants, toddlers or both
  • Focus on pedagogy - the method and practice of teaching
  • Detail essential and observable skill sets that effective early educators use to optimize babies' and toddlers' (1) social-emotional (2) cognitive and (3) language and literacy development
  • Feature considerations for working with high-needs populations and dual-/multi-language learners
  • Are cross-walked with national standards and professional criteria for early care and education, and allied fields, including the Strengthening Families Protective Factors

For more information on the Critical Competencies, related services and professional development opportunities, visit www.zerotothree.org/CriticalCompetencies or contactworkforce@zerotothree.org.


Survey for Families with Children under 3 Years Old


The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center has released the Survey for Families with Children under 3 Years Old, a survey tool that policy leaders and advocates can use to better understand families' experiences accessing health, early learning and family support services. This brief survey is designed to inform policymakers in developing policies and programs that meet families' needs and in crafting effective family engagement strategies. Survey questions are available in the additional resources section of the state policy self-assessment web page, as either a fillable PDF or SurveyMonkey template. ZERO TO THREE recommends that policy leaders work with service providers or other partners to disseminate the survey to families with young children.


This survey tool was developed as a companion to the recently released resource: Infants and Toddlers in the Policy Picture: A Self-Assessment Toolkit for States. This toolkit is intended to help state policy leaders and advocates assess the current status of services for infants, toddlers and their families and set priorities for improvement. Through an online format, state leaders can easily collect state-level data on how infants and toddlers are doing, make comparisons with national averages and examine whether recommended policies and funding are in place. ZERO TO THREE has also provided survey questions that can be used to gather the perspectives of other stakeholders, such as state and local agency staff and direct service providers.

If your state is interested in using the family survey or the full self-assessment toolkit, please contact ZERO TO THREE staff at StateAssessment@zerotothree.org







February Strengthening Families Networking Webinar Available Now


Our February webinar focused on café conversations designed to build protective factors and parent leadership. Aidan Bohlander shared information about ZERO TO THREE's recently released Caring Conversations Café Model and Jamie Ward described how it is being used with parents and early care and education providers in Arkansas. We also heard updates from Be Strong Families, home of Parent Café, and the Community Café Collaborative, home ofCommunity Café. Cailin O'Connor shared a resource from CSSP that describes the common ground across all of these café models and articulates a set of core elements and fidelity indicators of a café that is likely to be effective in building protective factors and parent leadership. If you missed it, access a recording of the webinar, along with the slides and handouts from this and other previous webinars, here.



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