Strong support and engagement from family and caregivers can help protect against many forms of violence. Parent and caregiver engagement is important to success in the classroom and is linked to student achievement. Whether you have a direct parental relationship with a child or play a caregiving role in the life of a young family member, your positive influence is crucial to these youth.
Kentucky CARES provides parents/caregivers with program ideas and resources to help students develop skills to resist violence in their lives. These are only a few ideas to help you get started. How will you show that Kentucky CARES?
Resources for Parents/Caregivers
UNPLUG Night - Designate a device-free activity the whole family can enjoy. Plan an activity that encourages conversation and engagement without the interference or distraction of personal devices. Some good activities to help your family unplug include weekly game nights, reading books together, taking a hike or walk around the neighborhood, visiting a museum, attending a free or low-cost community event as a family.
Dinner is an important time for parents to connecgt with children and ask questions abouat the school day. The #DeviceFreeDinner program encourages parets to ban electronics during meals or other family gatherings.
The Dinner Table Project
Created by Four Rivers Behavioral Health Regional Prevention Center, the Dinner Table Project promotes families having meals together to improve relationships and encourage better communication among family members.
Parent/Caregiver or Youth Café
Cafés offer a safe space to connect, share and start conversations around building real-life protective factors in homes and communities. The café model can be used in school- and community-based settings with adults or youth. For more information on cafes, please email the Kentucky Strengthening Families office.
Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students)
Each school year hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures make a positive impact on countless children by volunteering millions of hours in their local schools through this one-of-a-kind program. Watch D.O.G.S. are fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities assigned by the school principal or other administrator to address student and school/community needs.
Visit the Watch D.O.G.S website for more information.