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What It Is

​Kentucky Strengthening Families (KYSF) represents a multi-disciplinary partnership of more than 20 public and private national, state and local organizations dedicated to promoting six research-based protective factors into services and supports for children and their families.

KYSF is an initiative led by the Governor's Office of Early Childhood through the Race to the Top/Early Learning Challenge Grant Program and the Kentucky Department for Public Health through the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant Program.

Supporting families is  key strategy to promote school readiness and prevent child abuse and neglect. 

All families experience times of stress. Research demonstrates  that children grow and learn best in families with the supports and skills to  deal with those times. By supporting  families and building their skills to cope with stressors, we can increase school readiness and reduce the likelihood abuse will occur in  families. 

Kentucky Strengthening Families is part of the nationally recognized Strengthening Families: A Protective Factors Framework initiative coordinated nationally by the Center for the Study of Social Policy.