Strengthening Families Washington

Strengthening Families Washington is an initiative within the Department of Early Learning (DEL) that focuses on helping families:

  • Strengthen family bonds.
  • Understand childhood development.
  • Cope with the challenge of parenting.
  • Develop positive discipline skills.

By reaching out to parents and encircling them with support, we can help strengthen families, which protects children and builds stronger communities overall. Preventing child abuse and neglect is an important way to promote healthy child and family development.

The Strengthening Families Washington work builds on the work previously done by the Council for Children & Families, continuing the legacy created in Washington state.

Strengthening Families Washington is funded by the federal Community Based Child Abuse Prevention program, the Children’s Trust fund and private donations.

Parent partnership is essential to this work and we would encourage and support parent leadership in every way possible. Some work that parent leaders have done in the past year includes reviewing and advising on funding opportunities, supporting programs and families in the state, and conducting outreach and awareness activities in communities. If you are interested in opportunities or would like to partner with Strengthening Families Washington, please email strengtheningfamilies@del.wa.gov.

April is Child Abuse Prevention – Pinwheels for Prevention

Each April, people across the country join together during National Child Abuse Prevention Month to help raise awareness and promote ways in which together we can strengthen families in our communities.

Child Abuse Prevention Month proclamation

Please help us raise awareness through pinwheels, community events, and activities. For activity tips take a look at the 2014 Activity Calendar (English or Spanish). Pinwheels are no longer available for order. Thank you.

Current Funding Opportunities

Applications for Strengthening Families Washington Funding for Family Support and Child Abuse Prevention Programs.

Strengthening Families Washington at the Department of Early Learning is pleased to announce that funding will be available for community-based family support and child abuse prevention programs throughout Washington State. We are requesting Letters of Interest from Washington State organizations engaged in child abuse prevention activities. We want to work with local communities to increase program capacity to utilize and expand the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework for children ages birth through 5.

Letter of Intent (PDF)

Letter of Intent (Word)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

The Strengthening Families Washington strategy

There are five protective factors known to help reduce child abuse and neglect.
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Strengthening Families Washington community work

Strengthening Families Washington works with local communities to increase program capacity to institute and expand the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework for all children.
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How to report suspected child abuse

Keeping children safe is a shared responsibility. Here is more information on how to report suspected child abuse and neglect.
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Speak Up When You're Down: Postpartum Depression

Talking about postpartum depression can be the first step toward effective treatment. There is support in Washington.
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Have a Plan: Shaken Baby Syndrome

All babies cry. Even though crying is typical, it can still be stressful. Here are resources to help you have a plan.
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Prevent Child Abuse Washington and Children’s Trust Fund of Washington

Order an Heirloom Birth Certificate, a Keep Kids Safe license plate and other prevention resources.
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Parent Advisory Group

At the Department of Early Learning, we believe parents are their children’s first and most important teachers.
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