Training for Staff

When staff who work with young children know how to build families’ protective factors, families are stronger and children are safer.  Programs that want to be identified as SFI programs, can access valuable professional development offerings to help them strengthen families.  The following core training offerings are accessible through a number of SFI partners and Learning Networks or by contacting Be Strong Families.

Online Protective Factors Training Module:  The National Alliance of Children’s Trust Funds has developed an online Protective Factors foundation training that is available free of charge.  This important resource was developed through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and builds on earlier work of the Alliance that was developed by the Arkansas Children’s Trust Fund and ZERO TO THREE. The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) has been a critical partner in developing this work.

To download a handout describing this training click here.

The following training offerings were developed through the Strengthening Families Illinois collaboration and are available through a number of partners.  Click on the appropriate link to learn more about each training and SFI partners that can provide it.  Or contact Be Strong Families to access these trainings for your organization.

The above trainings have been approved by the Gateways to Opportunity Training Registry and Be Strong Families is an approved Gateways to Opportunity Training Provider in Illinois

Additional training provided through SFI Learning Networks includes:

Be Strong Families can provide training that helps programs engage parents, develop parent leadership, and live the protective factors.  Examples of topics available include

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You can access any of these trainings by contacting us. In addition, training on the Protective Factors is available through Child Care Nurse Consultants at each Illinois Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. To find the closest agency, click here. Also, trainings on the Protective Factors and Recognizing and Responding to Signs of Family Stress are available through Caregiver Connections Mental Health Consultants. To find the closest consultant, click here.

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