Family support awareness month 2024 statewide proclamation signed by Governor Roy Cooper

North Carolina Governor Cooper proclaimed February 2024 Family Support Awareness Month highlighting the critical work of home visitors and parenting educators across the state.

Early childhood home visiting and parenting education (HVPE) programs strengthen the relationship between parents and children, increase parenting skills and build confidence. These programs — which can be offered either in the home or at a community center, Family Resource Center or Smart Start — build a system of support for families and ensure children are ready to learn, improve child health and keep children safe. HVPE programs are delivered by experienced child-health professionals and nurses and are intended to support parents and caregivers and promote healthy development and strengthen family relationships.

Home visiting improves prenatal health and birth outcomes and also improves child health outcomes by increasing immunization rates, decreasing ER visits, and decreasing rates of abuse and neglect. Providing access to home visiting and parenting education to all North Carolina families would extend these benefits across the state. That’s why we need #FamilySupportNC.

Read the Proclamation

Join us in recognizing Family Support Awareness Month:

    1. Download the Family Support Awareness Month Communications Toolkit
      In the toolkit, you’ll find resources to help you spread the word about the need for increased investments in family support programs for all North Carolina families and communities. The toolkit includes sample messaging, social media posts, a letter to the editor, the latest statistics on HVPE, social media graphics, information on how to contact your elected officials, press tips, and more!Download the Toolkit
    2. Register for the Family Engagement and Leadership Webinar Series
      Prevent Child Abuse NC (PCANC) and North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC) are hosting a series of four webinars during FSAM that are free and open for all to attend. The webinars provide resources, examples, and tools for agencies to effectively engage families to lead in important decision-making in the agency and emphasize the importance of elevating family voice and leadership throughout the community. All webinars will be held on Wednesdays throughout February from 9-10:30am

      • Week 1 — February 7: PCANC & NCPC Background / Partnership
        Gain understanding of the importance of effective Family Engagement and Leadership, and frameworks that guide the work
      • Week 2 — February 14: Starting Strong: Tools for Effective Family Engagement Leadership
        Learn about the tools available to support agencies as they develop cross-sector coalitions and center family voices
      • Week 3 — February 21: Examples of Family Engagement Leadership from Local NC Communities
        Learn from families about their creative funding, collaboration, and their implementation of best practices for effective Family Engagement Leadership (FEL)
      • Week 4 — February 28: Grows & Glows – Connection & Learning from One Another
        Share and learn from each other on best practices and who to contact to continue or increase quality implementation of FEL best practicesRegister for the Webinar Series
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