Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017 8:30 am - Saturday, October 21, 2017 9:30 am
Duration: 2 Days 1 Hour

Interested to explore what quality work with Families looks like and how it can be measured?

Seeking to enhance work with families as a provider or funder of Family Support, Home Visiting, Early Care and Education, or other programs working with families?

Please join us for this unique opportunity to connect with and learn from colleagues from across the country who are also implementing the nationally-adopted Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support.  Whether you are already working with the Standards or learning about them for the first time, the Summit will enrich your knowledge of quality work with families and connect you innovative work with the Standards at the Funder, Network, and Program levels. 

Participants are currently registered from Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Session Specifically Designed for:
National, state and local policymakers, public departments, Children's Trust Fund directors and staff, private funders, Network leaders, Standards Trainers, Family Support and Strengthening program directors, managers, and direct service staff

For More Information and to Register:

Sessions Highlights:

  • Exploring the Crosswalk of the Standards with the Trauma-Informed Approach
  • Standards Implementation in Home Visiting Programs
  • Standards Implementation in a Family Leadership and Literary Program
  • Designating Family Resource Centers of Quality and the Family Resource Center of Quality Operational Standards
  • Standards Implementation: Lessons Learned and Innovations from Santa Barbara County
  • Integrating the Standards with Building the Strengthening Families Protective Factors at the Systems and Program Levels
  • Developing Family Support and Strengthening Networks through Standards Implementation
  • Incorporating the Standards into Supervisory Practice
  • Utilizing the PDSA Cycle with the Standards
  • Program Peer Sharing - Facilitated Discussion on Standards Implementation
  • Standards Trainers Session - Conducting the Re-Certification Training and Peer Sharing

National Family Support Network
Maricopa Family Support Alliance (Arizona)

National Partner Co-Sponsors:
Center for the Study of Social Policy - Strengthening Families
National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds

Partner Sponsors: 
First Things First
Strong Families AZ

Breakfast Sponsors: 
Southwest Human Development
Child & Family Support Services

October 18: Pre-Summit Trainings (*require a separate registration using the links below)
8:30am-5:00pm - Standards Certification Training
8:30am-3:00pm - Developing & Sustaining Effective Parent Advisory Committees Training

October 19
8:30am-9:30am - Standards Overview
8:30am-9:30am - NFSN Orientation for New NFSN Members
9:30am-5:00pm - Summit Day 1
5:15pm-6:30pm - Networking Reception

October 20
8:30am-12:30pm - Summit Day 2


Since being issued by the California Network of Family Strengthening Networks in 2012, and adopted by the National Network of Family Support and Strengthening Networks in 2013, the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support are being used across the country by public departments, foundations, networks, community-based organizations, and parents. 

Based on the Principles of Family Support Practice and the Strengthening Families Framework and its research-based evidence-informed 5 Protective Factors, they have created a common language across different kinds of Family Strengthening and Family Support programs such as Family Resource Centers, home visiting programs, and child development programs.  They are used a tool for planning, providing, and assessing quality practice. 

More than 3,800 people have successfully completed the Standards Certification Training in 12 states and the District of Columbia.  Many more have been introduced to them through conferences, webinars, and downloading them online.  More information on the Standards can be found here

You can view a 14min video that articulates the connection between the Strengthening Families Protective Factors and the Standards here.

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