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2016 First Things First Early Childhood Summit


Session Title:  Strengthening Families through Social Connections and Cafe Conversations

Strengthening Families is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building five protective factors: Parental Resilience; Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development; Concrete Support in Times of Need; and Social and Emotional Competence of Children.

This breakout session will focus on the protective factor Social Connections. Through group discussion and activities, workshop attendees will learn about the protective factor of Social Connections, Community Cafes and share ideas about how to promote this protective factor through their work with families.  Participants will take part in a real-time Community Cafe that will enhance their understanding of the five Protective Factors as well as provide a role model for conducting cafes in their communities and organizations.

Session Title:  Strengthening Families through Parental Resilience

Strengthening Families is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building five protective factors: Parental Resilience; Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development; Concrete Support in Times of Need; and Social and Emotional Competence of Children.

Participants will learn about two types of Parental Resilience and how building Resilience reduces the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.  Participants will learn and practice two tool to build Parental Resilience with their clients.