The answer to our problem sounds simple, ensure ALL children have nurturing relationships and environments. And yet, it’s quite complicated. There are many reasons children are not well. Poverty. Crime. Inadequate child care. Inequitable policies. ACEs. And on, and on, and on. Luckily, research shows that certain traits can help mitigate risk, regardless of circumstances. These five features, known as protective factors, include: knowledge of child development, concrete supports in times of need, developing social connections, building resilience, and fostering social emotional development in young children.
Project Child Success has chosen to use these protective factors as a theory of change. If we strengthen these characteristics in families, organizations, and communities – children will thrive. But this solution will only work if everyone participates. Schools, healthcare, criminal justice, libraries, non-profits, businesses, parents, governments, childcare, media, civic leaders…EVERYONE. Our entire community must commit to changing policies and practices. Over 80 partners have signed on. Together we are cultivating community action that strengthens Pierce County families.