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Standards Resource Directory



Utilizing a family strengthening approach to support families to be strong, healthy, and safe, thereby promoting their success and optimal development.       


Free Resources


Protective Factors Training is an online learning center course on Protective Factors, Strengthening Families and Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect. Developed by: FRIENDS.

Online Resources

PBS for Parents specifically supports families in engaging the whole family in the child's learning. Select from several topics, such as science, literacy, social skills, and character, and organize resources by what the child's central interests are. Developed by: PBS Kids for Parents.

Protective Factors: Strengthening Families designed to meet the demands of providing high-quality, subject-specific training. The Online Learning Center is designed to offer accessible continuing education and professional development opportunities that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Developed by: FRIENDS.

Strengthening Families report provides a synthesis of the ideas and research from the neurobiological, behavioral, and social sciences that further inform the evidence base of CSSP’s Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors Framework. Developed by: Center for the Study of Social Policy.

Help Me Grow: Strengthening Families and Supporting Caregiver Goals report describes how the Help Me Grow Model aligns with Strengthening Families. It includes updated (2023) definitions of the protective factors and core values of the Strengthening Families approach. Developed by: Center for the Study of Social Policy.

Protective Factors Action Sheets include the research brief about each protective factor as well as an “action sheet” for service providers about their role in supporting families to build each protective factor. The action sheets include what to look for, questions to ask, and activities to do with parents related to each protective factor. Developed by: Center for the Study of Social Policy.

Protective Factors Survey is designed for use with parents and caregivers participating in family support and child maltreatment prevention services. The survey is intended to help agencies and programs better assess changes in family protective factors. Developed by: FRIENDS.

Parents as Teachers is evidence-based early childhood parent education and family support program. Developed by: Parents As Teachers.

Empathy vs. Sympathy video highlights the difference between Empathy and Sympathy. Developed by: Brené Brown

Resources for Purchase 

Online Resources

Financial Health Institute courses for individuals, families, and professionalsDeveloped by: Financial Health Institute.

Ages and Stages Questionnaires is a screening tool that unlocks critical knowledge about young children’s development. Developed by: ASQ - Ages & Stages Questionnaires.

Books & Articles

The 5 Love Languages of Children 

• Discover your child’s love language

• Assist your child in successful learning

• Use the love languages to correct and discipline more effectively

• Build a foundation of unconditional love for your child

• Plus: Find dozens of tips for practical ways to speak your child’s love language.

Discover child's primary language—then speak it—and you will be well on your way to a stronger relationship with your flourishing child. Developed by: Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell.

The Whole Brain Child is an approach to child rearing with twelve strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. Developed by: Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.

No Drama Discipline highlights the link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior. Provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears. Developed by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.

The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life's Hurdles share that resilience is not just an ability that we're born with and need to survive, but a skill that anyone can learn and improve in order to thrive. Developed by: Karen Reivich.

The Orchid and the Dandelion offers hope and a pathway to success for parents, teachers, psychologists, and child development experts coping with difficult children. Developed by: W. Thomas Bryce.

What Happened to You? Book Club Offering with Discussion Guide available from Children's Trust Fund Alliance offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” Developed by: Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey.

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