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Strengthening Families

Contact: Susan Spieker,, 206-543-8453

Core Function: Technical Assistance and Outreach Training

The Strengthening Families project is funded through the King County Veterans and Human Services Levy to train providers from local agencies in infant and early childhood mental health practices through mentored training of the research-based curriculum, Promoting First Relationships® (PFR). Eligible community-based agency staff work with high-risk children under the age of five and their families who live in environments where stressors are particularly high. To date, 15 providers have been trained at the PFR Agency Trainer level and are qualified to deliver PFR to families, as well as to train others in the program within their agency. Additionally, 41 providers have been trained at the PFR Learner level and are qualified to deliver the PFR curriculum to families on their caseloads. Children and caregivers who receive services from the PFR-trained community based agency staff will experience the following Procurement Plan Training Investment Area outcomes:

(1) Increased school readiness

(2) Increased children's healthy social-emotional development

(3) Increased responsive, nurturing caregiver-child relationships

University of Washington • Center on Human Development and Disability Box 357920 • Seattle WA 98195-7920 USA • 206-543-7701 •

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