Protective Factors

Great Kids™ curriculum focuses on strengthening the protective buffers families are building around their children.

Great Kids™ seminars and the Growing Great Kids® curriculum include practical strategies for strengthening protective factors for highly stressed families

Protective Factors

For many years, researchers have been studying the factors that may put families at a higher risk for child abuse and neglect, as well as the conditions that prevent abuse, and support parents with raising physically and emotionally healthy children. Through this research, experts have discovered that there are six Protective Factors. When put into place, these factors can support families to parent in loving and nurturing ways by connecting to their child’s specific needs, using community resources and embracing their strengths.

The six Protective Factors include:

  • Nurturing and Attachment
  • Social and Emotional Competence of Children
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Parental Resilience
  • Social Connections
  • Concrete Supports for Parents

For more information on Protective Factors to Promote Well-Being, visit Child Welfare Information Gateway.

The research-based principles of the Protective Factors Framework were foundational in the development of the Growing Great Kids® curriculum. For every home visit, Growing Great Kids provides strength-based, solution-focused guides for building conversations with parents through skill-driven activities. Both are aimed at reducing risk, while strengthening the protective buffers families are shaping around their children. The Growing Great Kids curriculum focuses on engaging parents, who themselves, may have had adverse childhood experiences.

As Home Visitors use the curriculum with families, they will support parents to:

  • Foster the growth of secure attachments and support the social and emotional development of their infants and young children
  • Develop parental empathy and respond sensitively to their child’s needs
  • Grow in their understanding of early childhood development
  • Build essential parenting skill sets
  • Bolster their resiliency
  • Grow skills and support networks for managing stress, while taking ownership for solving their problems
  • Strengthen family foundations

Growing Great Kids®

Why Choose Great Kids?

Never any recurring licensing fees

Proven Success

Over 37,000 people have been trained to use the Great Kids curricula.

Protective Factors – GGK Constructs

Research informed constructs embedded in the Protective Factors Framework

Alignment with Head Start

The Growing Great Kids Home Based Curricula Series exceeds all Head Start Curriculum requirements.

Evidenced Based Research

As evidenced by seven independent evaluations, the GGK Curriculum produces outstanding results

Specialized Training Programs 

On-site and virtual training options available.

Healthy Families America

The Growing Great Kids curriculum aligns with and builds upon the HFA model approach.

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How to get started

Start by scheduling, at your convenience, a free 30 minute webinar to learn more about how your organization might benefit from Great Kids affordable curriculum with no recurring costs.

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Learn about the components of our curriculum and hear what staff and parents are saying about what makes Great Kids stand out among the rest.

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Fit and Values

Learn if our values of making children feel safe and secure, loved and valued, curious and capable align with your organization.

From our Partners

What supervisors, home visitors, and parents are saying about Great Kids.

"I was looking for a foundational training for my home visitors that was comprehensive and focused on practical application. I needed something that would meet the needs of home visitors with different levels of education. This seminar was just the best!"

Program Manager

 California

"I just wanted to let you know GGK is going great here. I am working with a couple who is just soaking it up! Their confidence as parents has increased, and I’ve only been with them for about 2 months now! They are very receptive to the curriculum, and that helps make my job so much easier, and so much more fun and productive.”

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Kentucky

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Growing Great Kids® Next Generation P-36

Our latest effort to support the work of Home Visiting, our Growing Great Kids® Next Generation (GGK®) Curriculum materials.

GGK® for Preschoolers

A Curriculum & Certification Program for Home Visitors aimed at fostering the growth of nurturing, developmentally enriched parenting skills, building protective factors for children 3 to 5 years old.

Other Products and Training

Great Kids™ is dedicated to supporting programs and practitioners with a variety of curricula and training options.

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All the tools you need to start using Great Kids™ Curriculum right away and to continue to enhance the effectiveness of your program. 

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About Great Kids™

In partnership with home visitors, we’ve helped hundreds of thousands of children feel safe and secure, loved and valued, curious and capable.

Research

Great Kids™ has incorporated decades of theoretical and empirical foundations regarding the kinds of interventions that have been shown to make a difference for children into the Growing Great Kids® Prenatal to 5 Years and Growing Great Families® curricula.

Alignment With Program Models

Our curricula are flexible enough to be used within a multitude of program models.

Protective Factors

The research-based principles of the Protective Factors Framework were foundational in the development of the Growing Great Kids® Curriculum.

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100 North 72nd Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401

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Great Kids is proud to offer a variety of virtual seminar opportunities! Visit our Open Enrollment page for the latest dates and offerings.

 

We continuously add seminars, so invite you to check back often! For more information or to enroll, contact us at info@greatkidsinc.net.

 

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