Safe, Secure and Loved: Resilient Families Parent Education Programs represent a new and exciting community solution to tackle current community challenges. It is well known that in the United States more than 25% of young children live in poverty. Children growing up with economic hardship have been shown to be at risk for educational deficits and health problems when they enter kindergarten. New research from psychology, child development, and public health has provided a new understanding of as to why. Research shows that economic disadvantages, community violence, unstable housing, and food insecurity lead to adversity and toxic stress which limit early brain development. Young children from poverty are more likely to enter kindergarten with deficits in self regulation, learning and social-emotional skills. There is a compelling and urgent need for early intervention with families such that parents and communities can help their children begin kindergarten prepared, like their middle-income peers, to learn and build a healthy foundation for well-being and academic achievement.
Safe, Secure and Loved: Resilient Families Parent Education Programs have tremendous potential for community adoption and sustainability for two reasons:
First, Safe, Secure and Loved: Resilient Families Parent Education Programs leverage the power of new scientific research on neurobiology and resilience coupled with the clinical science of mindfulness to empower families facing poverty to level the playing field for their children.
Second, Safe, Secure and Loved: Resilient Families Parent Education Programs are designed for neighbor-to-neighbor parent leadership. The leaders of the parent groups are members of the community who have completed Safe, Secure and Loved community champions training. This neighbor-to-neighbor approach is unique, as most early intervention program are not led by community members but by early intervention specialists. Community leaders have special and authentic abilities to apply messages about habits of resilience to day-to-day parenting experiences to community neighbors, friends and family. Following community champions training, community members can successfully facilitate a group of peers using our user-friendly community champions facilitation workbooks, training videos, and additional educational supports.