In 2001, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (Center), with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, began studying the role that early care and education programs nationwide can play in strengthening families and preventing abuse and neglect. The Center researched and developed a set of strategies that involve program staff working with families to build protective factors. These factors are not new or unique to Strengthening Families, they are utilized less formally by many current child abuse prevention and family support program efforts. Strengthening Families compiles the protective factors into a meaningful and usable format that is easily understood by teachers, parents and administrators. A protective factors approach, such as Strengthening Families, has the advantage of being do-able, affordable and able to reach millions of children through the outreach to learning settings that parents readily access for their children. The approach uses a strength-based model to build families’ capacities. 


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