New research has found that the most successful interventions don’t just target reducing risk factors but work to promote protective factors.
We are living in difficult times. After the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia and in Durham, things feel uncertain and fragile. Then there was Hurricane Harvey. As the new board president of the Exchange Family Center, I wanted to touch base to tell you where we are and what we’re doing.
It’s back-to-school time. But preparing for the school year is about more than buying new school clothes, the latest superhero backpack, jumbo rolls of paper towels and all the things on your child’s school supply list.
Whether it’s a bad day at work, car trouble, or just a to-do list that is overwhelming, stress can make parenting extra challenging. Children can pick up on our frazzled state and start to show signs of stress too.
Eating well and getting plenty of physical activity helps families in many ways. And you can eat better and get active as a family--these steps toward a healthier life can even be fun!
Protective factors can serve as buffers, helping parents find resources, support, and coping strategies that allow them to parent more effectively. One protective factor is a strong community.
With the start of this new year, EFC’s Board of Directors has elected new members into leadership positions. We are excited to welcome these dedicated Board members into their new roles.
The Exchange Family Center has been providing support to children and families in Durham since 1992, but we would not be the agency we are today without the incredible commitment of our partners. Thank you for all that you do!
Thank you for Supporting The Exchange Family Center for 25 Years!
Creating a safe environment for children takes a concerted effort by not from parents, but from experts in child development experts and community members. This blog post addresses the significant findings from the CDC’s landmark study on ACEs and how we as a community can support each other in creating a nurturing environment for children.