Five Protective Factors

Parenting is challenging.  Babies simply don’t come with a user’s guide and little ones change so quickly that we can barely keep up.  Parents jump into this experiment in life head first and sometimes it can feel like we are drowning.  No one has all the answers for us, but what if there were 5 easy to remember things that could help make families strong? Strengthening Families has a framework of 5 protective factors that we will be exploring in our Family Partnership blog over the next few months.   The Protective Factors are Parental Resilience, Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, Concrete Support in Times of Need and Social and Emotional Competence of Children.

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Parents Want to Know:What is Assessment?

Understanding assessments and testing our children experience at school can be a challenge.  Two of Partners for Education’s fellows from the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (GCIPL) , Jenny Hobson and Katie Starzman, have created a video to support parent learning about assessments and testing.  A big thanks to Jenny, Katie, and the kids for all of their hard work!


Parents Want to Know: What is Assessment from Katie Startzman on Vimeo.