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It's the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)'s Week of the Young Child, and today is Family Friday.

Families are the first and most important teachers in the lives of young children. Family Friday is a time to celebrate your family's unique story, and to focus on building your family's strengths. Alaska's Strengthening Families initiative promotes five "protective factors" that make a family strong and reduce the risk of child maltreatment. These protective factors are:

  • Parental resilience
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Social connections
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Healthy social and emotional development of children

Celebrate family with a special family meal or activity together. NAEYC has an article on ways to spend quality family time together, 10X: Engaging Activities for Whole-Family Nights. Family nights are a great way to spend together, developing strong relationships, create meaningful memories, and make lasting memories for your family. 

What makes your family strong? Share your family's unique story with us on Facebook or Twitter using the #wyoc17 hashtag.

The first episode of The Raising of America will be available for free streaming from April 24-28 for the Week of the Young Child! If you haven't yet seen the ground-breaking documentary series on the importance of the early years, now is your chance. Invite your colleagues to watch too. To receive access to the first episode, please email with your full name, email, affiliation, and if you would like to join their monthly mailing list. 


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