An initiative of the National Assembly, an 80-year-old alliance of national nonprofit health and human services organizations, the Family Strengthening Policy Center (FSPC) aims to improve lifelong outcomes for children living in low-income areas by promoting stronger family support structures. The center strives to leverage the knowledge of educators and service providers delivering family-centered and place-based services by (1) identifying initiatives that reduce family isolation, increase connections to economic opportunities, develop sustainable social networks, and improve access to supports and services; (2) disseminating such information and resources electronically and at professional and educational events; (3) building a network of practitioners and policy makers to advance evidence-based practices and the greater public policy agenda; (4) producing a monthly eNewsletter that highlights research, current news in the field, legislative alerts, organizational profiles, and issue briefs; (5) maintaining a web site that serves as a clearinghouse of information and tools devoted to family strengthening practices, programs, and policy; and (6) developing policy briefs that highlight emerging practices and barriers to developing family-centered policies for long-term success. The “Resources” section of the web site includes tools to help connect families, schools, and communities, foster more parent involvement in education, and more.

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