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How do I strengthen my family with the “Five Protective Factors?”

Setting a family up for success requires much more than access to adequate food, clothing and shelter. Beyond basic needs, families need a variety of tools and support to manage the challenges of raising happy, healthy children. One of the ways governments and other organizations can help support families is through cultivating the ‘Five Protective Factors.’ These factors are characteristics in parents, families and communities that help protect children from abuse and neglect and increase the overall health and well-being of families.

By ABC Quality Team on December 20, 2022

How can I be smart about back-to-school shopping?

Parents and caregivers may feel that summer has just begun when they start seeing advertisements and store displays promoting the purchase of school supplies. There is a reason for that, as back-to-school shopping is big business! In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, families with children in elementary through high school planned to spend $848.90 on back-to-school shopping in 2021. As the cost of goods continues to increase, we can expect 2022’s estimates to be even higher. But with careful planning and the flexibility to shop early and often, parents can work towards keeping their back-to-school budget in check. Here are some tips for shopping smart before the school year begins.

By ABC Quality Team on August 2, 2022

Are there guides to help me choose safe baby toys and products?

From diapers to formula to bath products and beyond, there is no shortage of baby products marketed to parents worldwide. In fact, according to database company Statista the global market value for baby care products in 2020 was over $67 billion and continues to grow by billions each year! There are literally millions of baby products on the market for parents and caregivers to choose from when it comes to raising children, and with such a massive selection, it can be challenging to know which products are safe and of what dangers parents need to be aware. Here are a few things to keep in mind before nursery or playroom shopping for your little one.

By ABC Quality Team on June 14, 2022

How can I help my child redevelop social skills after the pandemic?

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift following the winter wave of the Omicron variant, parents are faced with the task of easing their child back into pre-pandemic socialization skills. Some children have been fortunate to have been in school most of this past year—which has likely helped with social skills and development—but there are still many students nationwide who have been faced with numerous quarantines, school shut-downs and even illness.

By ABC Quality Team on June 7, 2022

Five Questions to Ask a Potential Child Care Provider

Parents and caregivers are tasked with many responsibilities, especially in the early years of a child’s life. One of the most important decisions parents and caregivers will make is choosing the right childcare program for their child’s pre-kindergarten years.

By ABC Quality Team on October 7, 2021