Resources for Families
Supporting Familes Together Association
Resources to Support Refugee & Immigrant Families
⇒ Are unique - every parent’s voice is heard.
⇒ Are a fulfilling way for parents to talk, to listen, and to
with stressors, worries and challenges that
many have struggled with alone.
⇒ Support parents in building friendships and a strong network
who help each other stay strong!
The three café themes include five “protective factors” and provide a framework for parents to relate them to you own lives. The Five Protective Factors include:
⇒ Be strong and flexible
⇒ Parents need friends
⇒ Being a great parent is part natural and part learned
⇒ We all need help sometimes
⇒ Parents need to help their children communicate
Research from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and Strengthening Families™ of Illinois shows that when Protective Factors are present in a family, a family is stronger and children are safer. Through Parent Cafés, parents are working to build these Protective Factors in their families.
Attend a FREE Parent Café:
- GD Jones Elementary School 1018 South 12th Avenue, Wausau (Enter through main doors)
(5:00 - 7:30 PM) Tuesday, April 18, 2017; Monday, April 24, 2017; Tuesday, May 2, 2017
- Redeemer Lutheran Church- 900 Brilowski Road, Stevens Point (Behind Fleet Farm)
(5:00 – 7:30 PM) Monday, April 24; Monday, May 1; Tuesday, May 9
- Supporting Families Together Association
Who is Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA)?
SFTA is Wisconsin’s statewide member association for organizations and
individuals committed to making every early childhood a great one.
SFTA does this through services and supports including:
• Program management • Quality assurance and improvement
• Organizational development • Professional development
• Systems building • Professional networking
What are SFTA’s Priorities?
• Quality Early Care and Education: SFTA is committed to working with our community-based organizations to advocate, educate and build Wisconsin’s capacity to deliver high quality early care and education experiences to all of Wisconsin’s children.
• Healthy Children: SFTA is actively engaged in a broad range of prevention and health promotion
efforts that are designed to create better health outcomes for all of Wisconsin’s children.
• Strong Families: SFTA provides concrete support to families in a strength-based and
• Responsive Systems: SFTA builds systems and supports to early childhood that
result in opportunities for all children to reach their highest
SFTA’s Role in YoungStar?
SFTA’s purpose is to
optimize the developmental window of opportunity that early childhood presents
for building a strong foundation for life. YoungStar plays a big part in how
SFTA works to achieve this. SFTA has been with YoungStar since the beginning.
Currently, SFTA administers YoungStar micro-grants and completes formal ratings.
We subcontract with Wisconsin’s 10 Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
for all technical consultation services. Learn more about SFTA’s YoungStar role.
Want to Know More About
Speak with an SFTA staff member at 1 (888) 713.KIDS (5437) or visit SFTA’s
website for more information.
Why Quality Child Care Matters by Early Childhood Expert Ellen Galinsky
Resources to Support Refugee & Immigrant Families:
- Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) This regularly updated list of trainings, primarily focused on early educators, offers various trainings on topics such as resiliency, cultural competency and trauma-informed care, that would be helpful in supporting immigrant and refugee children and families.
>> SFTA Spring Newsletter (Issue 25) 2017 -- see pages
7-9: Supporting Refugee & Immigrant Families<<
- Wisconsin Department of Children & Families (DCF) Refugee Resources:This webpage offers Wisconsin-specific and national links to resources, programs and agencies supporting refugee children and families.
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Trauma-Informed Care- Resources: These resources will help you to build a foundation of understanding and knowledge to implement trauma-informed care in your work.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Voices of Immigrant Parents in Preschool Settings: This article from Young Child discusses insight from the “Children Crossing Borders” project, where more than 100 immigrant parents in five US cities, shared their ideas, hopes and concerns for how their children’s early educators would interact and engage with their children.