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Summer 2012




Welcome to Strengthening Families Georgia!


We hope everyone had a great summer. 


Thanks to all of you who have let us know how useful you find the information in our newsletter. 


In this issue you will find information on websites, conferences and many other resources to help you in your work with children and their families.  




NAEYC Launches New Website for Families


NAEYC's new For Families website is a powerful resource that you can use in your work with young children and their families. It includes a wealth of research-based information about children's learning and development that families can trust, including:

Use the site to find timely articles and information to share with families and for all your family engagement needs. You can also help to spread the word by letting parents and colleagues know about this important new resource. For more information, visit families.naeyc.org.



State and National Conferences Coming to Atlanta - Mark Your Calendar!


Strengthening Families workshops will be presented at the upcoming conferences:


September 28-29, 2012: Georgia Association on Young Children(GAYC) Annual Conference, Gwinnett Center. A Strengthening Families workshop is included in a track of 10 sessions on families. 


The conference includes158 sessions on topics ranging from developmentally appropriate practices to advocacy to working with children with special needs. PLU, BFTS, BCW and CEU credit available. Social Work CEU credit applied for. For more information visit, the conference page on www.gayconline.org.


November 7-10, 2012: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 2012 Annual Conference, Developmentally Appropriate Practice in the 21st Century, Georgia World Congress Center, our national partners the Center for the Study of Social Policy and The Alliance of Children's Prevention & Trust Funds will present a comprehensive 3-hour Strengthening Families session on November 7, 2012. 


The conference offers close to 1,000 sessions on working with children, birth to age 8 and their families. BFTS, CEUs and college credit available. For more information visit the conference page on www.naeyc.org. 


November is Parent Engagement Month

Parent Engagement is an ongoing process that increases active participation, communication, and collaboration between parents, schools, and communities with the goal of educating the whole child to ensure student achievement and success.


Learn more about Parent Engagement resources in Georgia by visiting the GA DOE website: http://www.gadoe.org/School-Improvement/Federal-Programs/Pages/Parent-Engagement-Program.aspx


The US Department of Education Parent and Family Engagement website also offers extensive information on parent and family involvement topics. Visit them at www.ed.gov/parent-and-family-engagement

From the Toolbox - New Resources Available From Strengthening Families


Learn more about program models that are "making the link" to state Strengthening Families work:

About Strengthening Families Georgia


Strengthening Families Georgia (SFG) represents a partnership of national, state, local, and public/private organizations dedicated to embedding five research-based protective factors in service/supports for young children and their families.


Vision: All families with children birth through age five in Georgia have the resources and support necessary for a meaningful and successful life.


Mission: To utilize the Strengthening Families assets-based framework of Protective Factors in all systems, programs, services and activities supporting families with young children as the approach to achieving the vision. These five Protective Factors are the foundation for the Strengthening Families approach:

  1. Parental Resilience - Parents can bounce back
  2. Social Connections - Parents have friends
  3. Knowledge of Child Development - Parents know how children grow and learn
  4. Concrete Support in Time of Need - Parents know where to turn for help
  5. Social and Emotional Competence of Children Children learn to talk about and handle feelings

A large group of Strengthening Families Georgia stakeholders, organized into a SFG Leadership Team, Partnership, and Supporters includes over 70 representatives from more than 30 organizations. The Leadership Team, made up of 20-25 members, provides direction and guidance for embedding the five protective factors in all areas of related work via:

  • Policy and systems change
  • Data driven decision-making
  • Integration and prioritization of work
  • Identifying and leveraging resources
  • Coordination and collaboration with similar state efforts
Funding Information

This project was supported in part by the Governor's Office for Children and Families through the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Grant Program (CBCAP). Points of view or opinions stated in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Governor's Office for Children and Families or the Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Grant Program (CBCAP). The total dollar amount for this project is $45,000 and 100% of the cost is Federal funds.


For more information on Strengthening Families Georgia contact Jeanette Meyer, Strengthening Families Georgia Statewide Coordinator: strengtheningfamiliesga@gmail.com 
In This Issue
NAEYC Launches New Website for Families
State and National Conferences
November is Parent Engagement Month
From the Toolbox
About SFG