Strengthening Families Accomplishments
Idaho AEYC is a national leader in Strengthening Families training development.
In 2008, Idaho AEYC developed the Basic Toolbox Training that consists of eight modules, 17 hours of basic training in the protective factor framework. These trainings have been delivered to thousands of Idaho participants. The training curriculum is also available in Spanish.
One on-line Advanced Level Training, delivered by an Idaho Strengthening Families trainer, is also available. It is called Peaceful Contacts.
Our newest offering is the Strengthening Families Parent Workshop Manual, consisting of 19 interactive, simple-to-follow, hour-long workshop lesson plans that introduce the protective factor framework directly to parents.
Idaho is one of 9 states designated as a Partner in the Strengthening Families National Network. Partners have deep, broad-based Strengthening Families initiatives across multiple systems in the state, and have a leadership role in the system. The Idaho Children's Trust Fund is the Lead Agency in this initiative.
The IdahoSTARS project has Strengthening Families as one of the eight Quality Standards in the Quality Rating and Improvement System for child care facilities. Idaho is the only state that has a distinct standard that measures the trainings and implementation of the Strengthening Families framework in practice.
Strengthening Families is now expanding its focus from child care facilities to all agencies who deal regularly with families with young children. Idaho AEYC has provided workshops to explore cross-systems integration of the Strengthening Families framework, in Idaho and in California.