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Online Training Course

The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds (Alliance) is pleased to make available a series of online training courses to support implementation of the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework in multiple settings.

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Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work – A Resource for Action

This curriculum includes onlinescreennew materials on partnering with parents and addresses promising strategies to strengthen families for practitioners in multiple settings. There are 7 courses:

  • Introduction to the Protective Factors
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Parental Resilience
  • Social Connections
  • Social and Emotional Competence
  • Moving from Knowledge to Action: Wrap-up Course

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Portfolio Review Guides

Are you an instructor or leading a team of "learners" and need the guidelines of a course? Below you can access each course Portfolio Review Guide (PRG); they are provided as a quick print pdf or as a fillable form. If you have questions about the PRG, please feel free to email us at

The Five Protective Factors Courses include:

  • Purpose and learning objectives for the course
  • Definition and explanation of the protective factor
  • Definition and explanation of program strategy (or strategies)
  • Individual Action Plan (IAP) work

Each course includes a number of quizzes, activities and reflective questions. With a mix of written text, video and audio clips and opportunities to interact with the material, the courses are designed to keep the learner engaged. An online forum on the course site will allow learners to interact with each other, ask questions about what they are learning and respond to others’ questions.

Users will be able to print a portfolio that includes their responses to all questions and their Individualized Action Plan detailing changes they intend to make in their work with children and families as a result of what they learned.

This important resource was developed through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and builds on earlier work of the Alliance that was developed by the Arkansas Children’s Trust Fund and ZERO TO THREE. The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) has been a critical partner in developing this work.

For more details of the online training courses, please click on the brochure image below.