Community Resources & Education
Con tanta gente luchando por el impacto financiero de la pandemia de COVID-19, estamos actualizando esta lista de recursos regularmente. Si no encuentra lo que necesita aquí, llame al 2-1-1 o envíe un mensaje de texto con su código postal al 877-211-9274. También puede buscar en la base de datos en línea.
The COVID-19 pandemic created challenges for Minnesotans facing food insecurity and for Minnesota’s food producers. Minnesota has existing programs to help Minnesotans receive emergency food support, along with information about safely handling produce during this time.
- Emergency food support – Information from the Department of Human Services.
- Free Meals for Kids app – The Minnesota Department of Education is partnering with Hunger Impact Partners to help students find free, nutritious school meals at nearly 400 schools and other sites during the distance learning period.
- SNAP Outreach Specialists – If you need food assistance, specialists can give you more information about receiving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Learn how to enroll and use the benefit to make informed decisions about buying healthy, nutritious food.
- Food shelves. If you have an immediate need for food or are experiencing economic hardships that prevent you from being able to purchase food, your local food shelf can help. Many food shelves provide drive thru, or other alternatives pick up options for your safety. More information can be found on Second Harvest Heartland’s website.
Education & Training
- Talk About Touches by Zero Abuse Project – Does your profession provide opportunities to talk to children about abuse prevention? This short overview for professionals (health care, law enforcement, etc.) provides tools and vocabulary to talk about touches.
- Disclosures by Zero Abuse Project – Most children don’t disclose when being victimized online or in-person. This webinar for caregivers and professionals goes into detail about why kids and teens don’t usually disclose, the process of disclosing, and how caring adults can make telling easier.
- Empower Me: An Overview for Parents by Zero Abuse Project – This short webinar goes over best practices for parents and those who work with youth about how to make personal body safety messages empowering and effective.
- Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) – Presents a multilevel parenting and family support strategy that aims to prevent severe behavioral, emotional, and developmental problems in children by enhancing the knowledge, skills, and confidence of parents.
- Tuning in to Kids – Describes a parenting program that helps children learn to understand and regulate their emotions to improve the well-being of children and decrease behavioral difficulties as they age.
- The Incredible Years – Describes a research-based program for reducing children’s aggression and behavior problems and increasing social competence at home and at school.
- The Circle of Security – Increases parent-child interactions and parental awareness to enhance attachment security between parents and children. The highlighted interventions expand parents’ choices on reactions and raising their children.
- ACT-Raising Safe Kids (ACT-RSK) program – Outlines the ACT/Parents Raising Safe Kids program that focuses on educating parents and caregivers to create early environments to protect children from violence and maltreatment.
- Financial Empowerment Toolkit (National Resource Center for Youth Services) – Provides information and tools for financial education aimed at youth in care and those transitioning out of foster care. The guide includes resources to promote financial understanding and literacy for youth and young adults.
- Helping Your Child Become a Good Money Manager (University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, 2012) – Presents strategies for parents on how to teach their children about money management and how to be in control of their finances. It includes tips on modeling smart money decisions and how to guide children to make their own smart money decisions. This factsheet also offers different options for how to teach children to manage their money well.
- How to Create and Manage a Budget (Debt.org) – Reviews best practices for budgeting and gives advice on how to manage a budget and prevent overspending.
- Learning to Manage the Family Money (American College of Pediatrics, 2017) – Provides tips to help manage money, create a budget, pay off debt, and build an emergency fund and gives advice on how to teach kids to manage their own money as they grow into adults.
- Systems to Family Stability National Policy Academy (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Office of Family Assistance) – Presents an 18-month initiative during which eight teams designed and built collaborative systems within and across government agencies to improve family economic security.
- Tips to Teach Your Kids About Smart Money Management (My Money Coach, 2018) – Outlines tips for parents to help their kids learn to be smart about managing money. The advice includes real world examples on how to prepare children for self-sufficiency.
- Ultimate Resources for Teaching Kids About Money (Mint.com) – Provides a list of resources and websites for parents to use to help their children learn about money and a variety of aspects of finances including budgeting, earning, and saving.
- Youth Financial Education (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) – Provides tools and resources to teach youth and their parents financial capability. The information is designed to help develop financial knowledge, skills, and habits, which is an important stepping stone on the path to adult financial well-being.
Online Schooling & Mental Health
- Tips and Scripts for Managing Screen Time When School Is Online
- 6 Ways to Support Kids’ Mental Health Right Now
- How to Protect Kids’ Mental Health During the Pandemic
- Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Google Classroom
- Toddlers and Challenging Behavior: Why They Do It and How to Respond
- Public Displays of Disaster: What to Do When Your Child Loses It Outside the Home
- Encouraging Healthy Development – Easy and fun things adults can do every day to encourage a child’s healthy development and growth. Find strategies for parents and caregivers that support a young child’s development and learning.
For families involved with Child Welfare Services
- One Step at a Time: A Parent-to-Parent Guide to the Child Welfare System (PDF – 4,116 KB) Rise Magazine (2015) Compiles articles written by parents with experience navigating the child welfare system.
- Child Welfare Organizing Parent Project Leadership Curriculum – The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (2018) Outlines a program that trains parents involved in the child welfare system to become parent advocates. The course educates parents on their rights and responsibilities within the child welfare services, shows them how to engage in advocacy and engage in leadership opportunities.
Media & News
- Cool Podcasts for the Whole Family
- Activity Books for Creative Kids and Teens
- How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids
- How to Talk with Kids About Racism and Racial Violence
- How to Talk to Teens About Dealing with Online Predators
- How To Guide Your Kid Through Election Season
- Explaining the News to Our Kids
Research & Information
Prevention is the best hope for reducing child abuse and neglect and improving the lives of children and families. Strengthening families and preventing child abuse requires a shared commitment of individuals and organizations in every community. The following studies discuss the impact of child abuse and neglect and the framework for prevention.
Impacts of Child Abuse
- Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect – Presents a review of evidence with respect to key neurobiological systems that are altered as a result of abuse and neglect early in life. Also finds children who experience abuse and neglect appear to be especially at risk for deficits in executive functioning, which have implications for behavioral regulation. In their most extreme forms, abuse and neglect are associated with stunted growth. Child abuse and neglect have been linked to various forms of physical illness as well as various indicators of physical health problems. Findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences study indicate a heightened risk for liver disease, lung cancer, and ischemic heart disease among adults who report multiple adverse experiences in childhood (Brown et al., 2010; Dong et al., 2003, 2004). Risk and protective factors across multiple levels of a child’s ecology interact to influence outcomes related to child abuse and neglect. Factors that influence resilience across these domains are important to an understanding of how to protect children from the adverse outcomes discussed in this review.
- The Economic Burden of Child Maltreatment in the United States and Implications for Prevention, found the total lifetime estimated financial costs associated with just one year of confirmed cases of child maltreatment (physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and neglect) is approximately $124 billion.
- Child Welfare: Inventory & Benefit Cost Analysis – benefit-cost analyses for state investments, conducted by the Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB), using the Pew-MacArthur Results First framework. This framework allows Minnesota to estimate the cost effectiveness of select services using national evidence.
- Toxic Stress: Effects, Prevention and Treatment – Children who experience early life toxic stress are at risk of long-term adverse health effects that may not manifest until adulthood. This article briefly summarizes the findings in recent studies on toxic stress and childhood adversity following the publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Policy Report on the effects of toxic stress. A review of toxic stress and its effects is described, including factors of vulnerability, resilience, and the relaxation response. An integrative approach to the prevention and treatment of toxic stress necessitates individual, community and national focus.
- Strengthening Families and the Protective Factors Framework – Provides an overview of the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework, a research-informed approach to increase family strengths and promote child development while reducing the likelihood of child maltreatment.
- Child Maltreatment Prevention: Past, Present, and Future – This issue brief presents prevention as the most important means of keeping children safe from abuse and neglect and highlights current best practices and emerging trends in the child protection field.
- Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect – This factsheet provides information on how communities, community leaders, and individual citizens can strengthen families, protect children, and prevent child abuse and neglect.
- Results from a Randomized Control Trial of a Parenting Intervention for Highly Stressed Families: Make Parenting a Pleasure (PDF – 266 KB) Parenting Now (2016) Evaluates the efficacy of a group-based parenting education curriculum, Make Parenting a Pleasure, which assists highly stressed families in improving protective factors that are associated with