REBUILDING CONNECTION BETWEEN CHILDREN AND PARENTS WHO USED VIOLENCE
In the aftermath of family violence, it takes a great deal of work to ensure a child’s safety and...
Many families participating in early childhood programs are affected by domestic violence. Domestic violence can have negative impacts on parents, children, and their relationships. Fortunately, relationships with caring and supportive adults are a protective resource for families who have experienced domestic violence. Early childhood programs can support children during times of stress, provide information and referrals to parents, and develop partnerships with domestic violence programs to support families. They can implement universal violence prevention strategies to build a culture that promotes healthy relationships.
FUTURES has many resources to help early childhood programs collaborate to support families experiencing domestic violence. The following resources for early childhood program staff and administrators were developed in collaboration with the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE). They can help early childhood programs understand the impact of domestic violence on children and families and support healing and resilience with other child and adult-serving organizations. View the Preventing and Responding to Domestic Violence Webinar Series from FUTURES and NCPFCE here.
FUTURES & NCPFCE have also developed a 2.5-day train-the-trainers curriculum for Head Start and Early Head Start programs called “Families Thrive, Zero to Five: Increasing the Capacity of Head Start and Early Head Start Programs to Prevent and Respond to Domestic Violence.” For more information, please email Futures Without Violence at firstname.lastname@example.org.