Protective Factor 4

Offer Concrete Support in Times of Need

Everybody needs help sometimes, and families that can get help when they need it are able to stay strong and healthy. Whether the need is caused by a sudden crisis—like a death in the family or loss of employment—or an ongoing issue such as substance abuse or depression, being able to ask for and receive help is important to keeping families strong.

Sometimes a parent’s first step in getting help is seeing that the child’s well-being depends on it. When early childhood program staff are available, supportive, and knowledgeable about services for families within the community, they can help connect families to what they need, whether it is job training, transportation, food assistance, or mental health services. If there is a strong community within the program, both parents and staff will band together to help families going through difficult times and provide all kinds of concrete support, including food and clothing.