Strengthening Families

Strengthening Families is a framework developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) with the purpose of preventing child abuse and neglect. The approach helps early education and other children’s programs in working with parents to build these five protective factors:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Social and emotional competence of children

United 4 Children is continuing the work with child care programs on developing an understanding of and ways to implement Strengthening Families. In 2006 as CDCA and with funding from the Children’s Trust Fund, we provided consultation to the St. Louis area’s early childhood pilot sites. We have since embedded Strengthening Families into our work with child care programs.

We are fortunate to currently be working under funding from Children’s Trust Fund and the Fiscal agency, Vision for Children at Risk on the “Growing Together” project that allows us to bring specific child abuse and neglect prevention training to area child care programs. This unique project invites both the staff and the parents/adult family members of the program to come together to learn ways to implement the protective factors.

For more information on the Strengthening Families approach, contact Anita Stover at 314-531-1412 ext. 68 or


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