More than 30 states have developed interdisciplinary leadership teams to implement Strengthening Families. While implementation differs greatly from state to state, there is a commitment in each jurisdiction to use every opportunity to increase the use of the Strengthening Families approach across agencies and programs. In addition to parent leaders, state leadership teams include representatives from child welfare, early childhood, maternal and child health, education, mental health, juvenile justice and sometimes corrections and legal services.
Read more about state leadership, policy and practice in 2011 here.
The map indicates states that are actively involved in the Strengthening Families National Network (dark green) or implementing some Strengthening Families strategies at the state level (light green). The profiles below offer an overview of the Strengthening Families work in specific states as well as additional information on key aspects, evaluation and evolving work.
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State Approaches to Integrating Strengthening Families into QRIS
This issue brief demonstrates the advantages of using Strengthening Families to inform Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for early care and education programs, describes available tools to support implementation, and highlights state approaches.
This summary of annual reports from 24 of those states demonstrates that the depth and reach of the Strengthening Families approach continued to grow in 2011.