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Protective Factors Framework

Protective factors are characteristics or strengths of individuals, families, communities or societies that act to mitigate risks and promote positive well-being and healthy development. A protective factors framework is an organized set of strengths-based ideas that are used to guide programs, services, supports and interventions aimed at preventing child maltreatment and promoting healthy outcomes. The Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework from the Center for the Study of Social Policy distills extensive research in child and family development into a core set of five protective factors that everyone can understand and recognize in their own lives.

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Center for the Study of Social Policy
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Raise Up Oregon: A Statewide Early Learning System Plan

In early 2019, Governor Kate Brown, state agencies, Early Learning Council members, and legislators unveiled Raise Up Oregon: A Statewide Early Learning System Plan, which provides a roadmap for how state and local communities can work together to ensure Oregon’s youngest children can enter school ready to learn.

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Oregon Early Learning Council
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Ripples of Transformation: A Family Engagement Toolkit for Providers and Program Leaders

The Ripples of Transformation toolkit is designed to inspire, challenge, and support leaders in early childhood--primarily administrators and program staff--to embrace and move toward a vision of families as agents of change in their children’s lives, communities and early childhood systems. Drawing on the experiences shared in parent focus groups and interviews with agency staff, this toolkit takes a journey through social services offices, hospitals, community organizations, citywide and countywide collaborative initiatives, and it shows the ways program and agency leaders can form powerful partnerships with diverse families.

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Center for the Study of Social Policy
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Shared Services: Supporting Quality in Early Care and Education

Shared Services is a new approach to early care and education management and leadership that centralizes key functions to save dollars, strengthen management capacity, improve early learning and ensure sustainable, high-quality programs. This brief provides an overview of the Shared Services model as well as steps for engaging in a shared service alliance.

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Opportunities Exchange
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SLDS Topical Webinar Summary: Strategies for Engaging Early Learning Stakeholders

This webinar covered the diverse roles of stakeholders in developing and implementing an early childhood integrated data system, including strategies and lessons learned from two states that brought together business leaders across sectors to foster public and private investment in early childhood solutions.

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Institute of Education Sciences; National Center for Education Statistics
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SLDS Topical Webinar Summary: Strategies for Engaging Early Learning Stakeholders

This webinar covered the diverse roles of stakeholders in developing and implementing an early childhood integrated data system, including strategies and lessons learned from two states that brought together business leaders across sectors to foster public and private investment in early childhood solutions.

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Institute of Education Sciences; National Center for Education Statistics
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