What is the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework all about?

Strengthening Families™ is a research-based approach to working with families in a way that develops and enhances their strengths as a solution to their challenges. It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building five protective factors: Parental resilience; Social connections; Knowledge of parenting and child development; Concrete support in times of need; and Social and emotional competence of children.

Want to learn more? View or download the documents below, which explain these big ideas.

Arizona Strengthening Families Big Ideas Explained

Arizona Strengthening Families Core Messages


Strengthening Families in Arizona

View or download the document below to learn more about how the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework is being implemented in Arizona.

The Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework in Arizona



Strengthening Families Across the Nation

The documents below, developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, offer an overview of each protective factor, how to make each protective factor actionable, and how the framework is being applied throughout the United States.

Overview of the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework

Making Protective Factors Actionable



View the course catalog and descriptions: Strengthening Families Protective Factors Course Catalog


Interested in hosting a training?

For more information, please contact Claire Louge, Director of Training and Outreach, at Claire@pcaaz.org  



Flourishing Families

What is Flourishing Families?

Flourishing Families is a curriculum that helps early childhood home visitors teach parents about the five Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors and how to build them in their family. The curriculum was designed by five trainers certified to teach the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors, and reviewed by more than twenty Arizona parents.

The curriculum is designed to be a supplement to home visits. Using the curriculum’s activities, discussions and handouts, the home visitor will guide parents to think about how protective factors show up in their lives, and the small and significant steps they can take to strengthen their family’s protective factors.



Flourishing Families Practitioner Trainings

The Flourishing Families Practitioner Certification Training is a 12-hour training that spans the course of two days. Through discussion, modeling, and practice, participants will learn to use the curriculum’s activities and handouts so that they can use these tools in their work with parents.

Interested in hosting or attending a Flourishing Families Practitioner Training? Please contact Claire@pcaaz.org.