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 one-on-one conversation to learn if our affordable curriculum with no recurring costs is the best fit for your organization.

Schedule Your Consultation

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.

Cost Estimates

Leverage the free one-on-one consultation to understand precise costs and certification requirements.

Fit and Values

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

Testimonials

What home visitors and parents are saying about Great Kids.

Photo of Traycee Miller Family Support Specialist, Healthy Families Georgia.

“The Growing Great Kids curriculum means that I have the opportunity of sharing such valuable information and lots of information with families that I serve. Information that has been researched and is evidence based, but not only that, information that is very supporting and encouraging in understanding parenting. Understanding the importance of parent-child interaction, bonding and attachment, understanding in what your child developmental milestones are and having them reach those milestones.”

Traycee Miller

Family Support Specialist, Healthy Families Georgia

Image of video still from testimonial video by Jennifer Gutierrez of Stanislaus County Office of Education.

"We came across Great Kids, Growing Great Kids and it didn’t take us very long at all to read and understand that Great Kids had a curriculum that aligns perfectly with everything that we need here for our early home-based programs."

Jennifer Gutierrez

Child Development Specialist, Stanislaus County Office of Education

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