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Four child care centers and two family child care providers in Middlesex and Somerset counties have been chosen to participate in New Jersey’s Strengthening Families Initiative (SFI). SFI helps early childhood staff work with families to strengthen support systems that will prevent child abuse and neglect. The goals of the program are to increase the awareness that stronger families are central to keeping children safe and allowing them to develop their full potential. Child care providers can play an important role in working with families to:
- Build parental resilience
- Develop social connections between families
- Provide information on community resources
- Help parents understand child development and appropriate parenting skills
- Assist children in developing their social-emotional competence
SFI is a national program to help child care centers and FCCP enhance or implement these goals.
Through SFI the participating child care centers and family providers will receive training on the above factors. The grant also includes a small stipend to use in some way to strengthen the relationship between the center/FCC and the families. Each center/family provider will establish a team of parents and staff to assess the needs and implement improvements to their center/family child care home. The Strengthening Families National Network includes the Center for the Study of Social Policy, The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds, ZERO TO THREE, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
For more information, e-mail Marilyn Quintana or reach her by phone at 732-934-2902.
How do I become a Strengthening Families center or FCC?
Contact the Training Department of Community Child Care Solutions.
How long can I remain part of the project?
You are able to receive the stipend for the work plan implementation for three (3) years. However, we hope you remain a part of the project by continuing to ensure your families are aware of the 5 protective factors and their importance in reducing the incidence of child abuse and neglect.