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Resilient Families

This education program designed by Liberal Studies Chair Barbara Burns combines engaged teaching and scholarship while bringing SCU students together with community agencies and residents to design and implement a 6 week course that helps enhance cognitive development and parent-child attachment for children age 3-6.

Resilient Families Community Movement

Student Researchers for the Resilient Families Program (RFP) educate a broader audience about the science of resilience.

Healthy parenting and family resilience in early childhood has been shown to be an important factor in promoting school readiness, school achievement, and preventing adolescents from participating in high-risk behaviors. The Resilient Families Program (RFP) through the Thriving Neighbors Initiative is a parent education program in the Greater Washington Neighborhood designed and implemented by faculty and students of the Liberal Studies Department to promote healthy parenting and psychological strengths that buffer the impact of high risk community environments. RFP focuses on increasing young children’s resilience by supporting parents’ ability to provide their children with sensitive and responsive caregiving. To accomplish this, 6-week RFP workshops were designed to develop parents’ knowledge about family activities that are centered on the three building blocks of resilience (strengthening parent-child attachment, promoting self-regulation skills important for children’s school readiness and school success, and supporting better management of parenting stress). In addition, each week parents complete diaries of weekly hassles and family game-playing at home.