National Parent Leadership Month 2024

Celebrating the Stories that Strengthen and Connect Us

This February, we celebrate 20 years of National Parent Leadership Month! In recognition of National Parent Leadership Month, Children’s Trust Fund Alliance honors the unique stories and the invaluable role parents play in celebrating the stories that strengthen and connect us!

As we express our gratitude, we acknowledge that each parent’s journey is a vital puzzle piece in the grand mosaic of community and family life. Your leadership is not only a source of inspiration but is also a connector that bridges gaps and fosters unity. Your story is a testament to the power of Protective Factors, and your leadership echoes the spirit of National Parent Leadership Month.

Thank you for being the vital puzzle piece that connects us all! To honor a parent in your community, download our fillable certificate today!

Proclaiming February as National Parent Leadership Month

Celebrate 20 years of National Parent Leadership Month in your state, county, local community or organization by requesting a proclamation be created!

Please customize the tools below to meet your needs and share your story!

Alabama Children's Trust Fun

Community Connections Spotlight: Alabama

Alabama’s Children’s Trust Fund works with their Parent Advisory Council (AL PAC) each year to get proclamations. The PAC sees this as an opportunity to recognize all of the great parents in each district.

It’s never too late for recognition. Explore the available proclamation and certificate resources on this page for more information!

2024 Resources

Here are some suggested hashtags to use on Social Media when you are talking about National Parent Leadership Month!

#NationalParentLeadershipMonth #CTFAllianceCelebrates #STORY
#Strengthen #Connect #Partner #ProtectiveFactors

Protective Factors:

S. T. O. R. Y.

Seek | Teach | Offer | Recognize | Yield

Seek Social Connections

Seek Self Care so You are Charged Up for Social Connection Time

Check your battery. Explore this resource to know when you might need a recharge.
#CheckYourBattery #MentalHealth #SelfCare

Seek Motivation to Maximize Social Connections

Action can help create motivation. Explore this month’s calendar on action for happiness for additional creative ideas to boost your motivation every month of the year.
#ActionForHappiness #Motivation #SocialConnections

Seek Working Opportunities for Social Connections in Work, Home, and Fun

Work can be fun! Set a date with a colleague who knows a topic or skill you would love to know more about. Its a win-win! You are working while strengthening your social connections.
#CTFAllianceCelebrates #Opportunity #Positive

Stories Celebrating Black History Month

Stories Celebrating Black History Month

Seek Stories to Celebrate Black History Month while Building Social Connections

There are so many times to celebrate black authors from Black History Month to Juneteenth and throughout the year! These staff favorites make for excellent reads all year long. Explore books you and your child can read in honor of Black History Month.
#BlackHistoryMonth #AfricanAmericansArts #NMAAHC #ASALH

Seek Partnerships with Parents and Tap into Networks and Connections

Use the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council’s PARENTS acrostic to guide meaningful conversations about the value of true partnerships with parents. Join us in the month of February while we explore the tool and break down how useful the tool is for conversation cafes, table talk and other kinds of discussions in parent groups, group of practitioners and professionals, and especially when practitioners and parents are meeting together.
#Networks #ProtectiveFactors #ToolsforPartnership

Teach Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

Teach Knowledge and Development Through Shared Learning Moments.

Mindfulness: A Journey Together
πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈπŸŒΏ In our fast-paced world, teaching our children about emotional self-regulation and mindfulness is more important than ever. This National Parent Leadership Month, let’s embrace the quiet moments, as shown in this image, where a parent and child practice mindfulness together. Consider the variety of pathways for promoting positive, pragmatic, and effective outcomes for everyone can have a positive impact in how we parent and nurture our children.
πŸ•ŠοΈ Mindfulness techniques like deep breathing or meditation can help both children and parents manage stress, enhance focus, and foster emotional balance.
#MindfulnessWithKids #EmotionalRegulation #ParentChildMindfulness

Teach Child Development by Exploring How Mistakes Enhance Learning

Learning happens even with mistakes. Take some time to explore the power of re-framing mistakes as learning opportunities. Let’s make even the messiest days a little lighter knowing we can see the positive.
#Mistakes #Teach #Opportunity #Positive

Teach Parents How Important Their Role is as Their Child’s First Teacher

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board (Prevention Board) is celebrating parents this month with an exciting social media campaign. Explore these great resources and share them with their networks.
#Wisconsin #Teach #KnowledgeParentingChildDev

Stories Celebrating Black History Month

Stories Celebrating Black History Month

Teach This Protective Factor Through Story Sharing

Explore learning and growing together as you reflect on the different stages of parenting and child development with “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty.
#Story #ReadAlong #protectivefactors

Teaching Means Providing Opportunities for Sharing Knowledge and Asking Questions.

The β€œP” in β€œPARENTS” is for β€œProvide. Provide options that will accommodate work and family schedules. What are the most convenient times and places to meet? Whatever your role, prepare a plan A, B, and C! Partners are patient with the process because the results are worth it.
#ProvideOptions #ParentAcrostic #ToolsforPartnership

Download the the Meme

The β€œA” in β€œPARENTS” is for β€œASK”. When you know what parents need, it is easier to know how you can help them. You never know until you ask if parents want to work with you as a team.
#SharedKnowledge #ProtectiveFactors #PARENTS #Partners

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Offer Concrete Supports in Times of Need

Offer Concrete Supports for Education by Exploring Take Your Family to School Week

National PTA’s “Take Your Family to School Week”, celebrated Feb. 11–17, 2024, is designed to provide families with an opportunity to get more involved in their child’s education and strengthen their partnerships with teachers and administrators. The timing of the week honors the day PTA was founded, Feb. 17, 1897. During National Parent Leadership Month take the opportunity to see what connections can be made to meet the concrete needs of families and schools through the National PTA. PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America. PTA is comprised of millions of parents, teachers, grandparents, caregivers, foster parents and other caring adults who share a commitment to improving the education, health and safety of all children. PTA strives to ensure it speaks with one voice for every child. Today, the issues that affect our children extend beyond their individual schools. PTAs provide parents with the forum and tools to collectively influence the decisions that affect children not only at their schools, but also throughout their districts, within their states, and across the nation. Many of the benefits our children receive today, such as universal kindergarten, the National School Lunch Program, and a juvenile justice system, were accomplished as a result of the PTA mission. Explore if the PTA is a right fit for you and your family.
#NationalPTA #TakeFamilyToSchoolWeek

Offer Concrete Supports by Asking For Help

Asking for help is a sign of strength. Lets all be strong and look to one another. Look at your week and see where you might explore this more by asking someone for help.
#OfferHelp #ConcreteSupports #ScienceOfAskingForHelp

Offers of Help From Prevention and Early Intervention Can Make a Difference

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Texas Department of Family and Protective Resources Prevention and Early Intervention Division are celebrating all the contributions of parents across their state. They have many great resources you can explore and share.
#Texas #MakeADifference #ConcreteSupportInTimesOfNeed

Offer Concrete Support with Community Valentines

“Encourage” Each other by delivering a VALENTINE!
#ValentinesDay #CommunityAwareness #WillYouBeMyParentPartner

Offer Concrete Support by Discussing Help

Explore the value of helping and receiving help with “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister
#ReadAlong #TheRainbowFish #MarcusPfister

Offering Concrete Support by Building Relationships with Encouragement Along the Way

The β€œR” in β€œPARENTS” is for β€œRELATIONSHIPS”. To be a true partner, you must build authentic relationships and have great rapport.
Be a friend. Be sincere. These relationships pave the way to beneficial outcomes that are only possible through partnership.
#AuthenticRelationships #ParentAcrostic #ToolsforPartnership

Download the the Meme

The β€œE” in β€œPARENTS” is for β€œENCOURAGEMENT”. Encourage parents by recognizing individual strengths!
Be flexible so parents can explore and exercise their strengths in ways that work best for them and strengthen their families.
#IndividualStrengths #ParentAcrostic #ToolsforPartnership

Download the the Meme

Offer to Support a Neighbor, Friend, Coworker or Family Member

Take some time to huddle with your family and think about your community. Do you have a neighbor, friend, coworker or family member who could use some help? Take time to offer some of your time or talents. Then share the story.
#CelebrationOfOthers #HonorOthers

Recognize Resilience

Recognizing Resilience Sometimes Means Realizing You Need to Talk

Building Resilience in Childhood
πŸ’ͺ🌟 Life’s challenges are inevitable, but how we teach our children to face them is what builds resilience. This National Parent Leadership Month, let’s focus on empowering our little ones with the tools they need to navigate difficulties. As shown in this image, a simple yet profound conversation between a parent and child can lay the foundation for coping and bouncing back from setbacks.
πŸ‘‚ Understanding, patience, and age-appropriate explanations are key in helping children develop emotional strength and resilience.
#ResilienceInChildhood #CopingStrategies #EmotionalWellness

Stories Celebrating Black History Month

Recognize that EVERYONE is a Valuable Connecting Piece to Resilience

When we all work together, child neglect is preventable. On this World Social Justice Day learn more about the relationships between neglect and poverty, substance use disorder, mental illness, interpersonal violence, and histories of trauma. Explore how it is more than a family matter; it’s a community responsibility to prevent.
#MoreThanAFamilyMatter #CommunityIsFamily #NeglectPrevention

Stories Celebrating Black History Month

Recognize Resilence with Unsung Heroes

Strengthening Families Washington, a division of the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families has created a coloring book, in English and Spanish, to assist families in having small yet significant conversations about what it means to be an Unsung Hero, and how to build the protective factor building in their communities.
#HonoringParents #CelebratingParents

Stories Celebrating Black History Month

Recognize Resilience by Embracing Diversity

Embracing Diversity with Our Children
🌍🀝 Celebrating diversity is a crucial lesson in our children’s social and emotional development. On this International Mother Language Day during National Parent Leadership Month, let’s teach our children about the beauty of different cultures and the importance of inclusivity, as depicted in this vibrant image.
πŸŽ‰ Whether it’s trying new foods, enjoying traditional dances, or simply conversing with people from various backgrounds, each interaction enriches our children’s understanding and respect for history and the diverse world around them.
#CulturalDiversity #RespectForAll #EmbracingDiversity

Stories Celebrating Black History Month

Recognize Resilience with Each Piece of “The Patchwork Quilt”

African American quilts are significant artistic pieces of both the past and present history for black Americans. They tell stories of slavery and segregation, giving viewers valuable history lessons while also representing beacons of hope. They are symbols of culture, community, and freedom. Listen to what the book “The Patchwork Quilt” means to Alliance Parent Partnership member, Shelina Flarisee.
#ThePatchworkQuilt #ValerieFlournoy #ShelinaFlarisee

Recognizing Resilience Requires Time and Space for Nurturing

The β€œN” in β€œPARENTS” is for β€œNURTURE”. Nurture parents and nourish their strengths. Listen to their thoughts. Acknowledge and validate their ideas. Implement parents’ recommendations and ideas whenever possible.
#NurtureAndNourish #ParentAcrostic #ToolsforPartnership

Download the the Meme

“T” is for Trust. Use the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council’s PARENTS acrostic to guide meaningful conversations about the value of true partnerships with parents. The β€œT” in β€œPARENTS” is for β€œTRUST”.
#Trust #MeaningfulConversations

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Recognize that Resilience Deserves Celebration

Celebrating 20 years of each piece of work, heart and dedication parents have contributed to support thriving families and communities! As National Parent Leadership Month celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary, take time this weekend to recognize your family’s resilience and moments you have grown. Have a mini celebration with an impromptu dance party, team chant, special dessert or fun game.
#NationalParentLeadershipMonth #20Years

Yield Social and Emotional Competence of Children

Yield Social & Emotional Competence Through Storytelling

🧠✨ Embrace the Power of Storytelling and Transform Your Brain! 🌟
Did you know that your brain has the incredible ability to reorganize itself through neuroplasticity? It forms ne w pathways in response to experiences, and you have the power to influence this process! πŸŒπŸ’‘
Visit Colorado State University’s page and learn more about a five-part framework to harness the magic of neuroplasticity and create positive habits.
1️⃣ Discover: Uncover the deep meaning behind your goals.
2️⃣ Diagnose: Identify roadblocks hindering your progress.
3️⃣ Prescribe: Craft a personalized plan tailored to your schedule, interests, and skills.
4️⃣ Practice: Embrace progress over perfection.
5️⃣ Pause: Schedule moments of reflection. Take time to ponder your efforts, results, and mindset.
πŸš€πŸ’ͺ Remember, your brain is a masterpiece in the making. By weaving the art of storytelling into your journey, you’re not just rewiring neural pathways – you’re crafting a compelling narrative of growth and resilience! πŸ“–πŸŒˆ
#NEARScience #Neuroplasticity #ExpressEmotion

Yield Social & Emotional Learning Through Collaboration

Collaborative Learning in Action
πŸŒ±πŸ‘§πŸ‘¦ This National Parent Leadership Month, and during this Public Schools Week, let’s celebrate the role of parents in teaching our children the invaluable skills of collaboration and teamwork through how we partner in education in our communities. Parents as partners play a vital role in supporting all education opportunities for all families, including Public Schools, which ultimately leads to ongoing improvement and success of early learning programs, K-12 Education, and all other forms of community learning.
🀝 Such group activities not only teach children how to work together and communicate effectively but also instill a sense of community and shared responsibility.
#PublicSchoolsWeek #PartnersInEducation #CommunityIsAVerb

Yield Emotional Competence by Playing Social Games

Churmell Mitchell, a single father, Alabama Parent Advisory Council and Alliance National Parent Partnership member has developed a game for children and families to explore and share their emotions. Embark on an Emotional Odyssey: Get Ready for ‘Emotions You Know’ – A Game Like No Other! Prepare for groundbreaking gaming experience as you dive into a world fueled by feelings, where every choice molds your journey. Get Ready for a whole new way to place – your emotions, your adventure!
#ParentPartnership #ANPPC #EmotionsYouKnow

Learning Emotions Through Play
🎲 Who said learning about emotions can’t be fun? This National Parent Leadership Month, let’s explore playful ways to teach our children about recognizing and managing their feelings. As seen in this image, a simple board game can be a powerful tool in understanding emotions like joy, sadness, and anger. πŸ§’πŸŽ¨
😊 The joy of playing combined with learning creates a memorable experience for both parent and child, making emotional education both engaging and effective.
#FunLearning #PowerOfPlay #SpaceToExplore

Yield Social & Emotional Journeys Through Books and Process

Storytime: A Gateway to Emotional Learning
πŸ“š Storytime isn’t just about fairy tales; it’s a golden opportunity to teach our children about empathy, kindness, and understanding. This National Parent Leadership Month, let’s turn the pages of stories that inspire and educate our little ones on emotional skills. πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦πŸŒˆ
πŸ‘‚ As shown in this image, reading together not only strengthens family bonds but also opens up discussions about feelings and the importance of being kind and understanding towards others.
#ReadTogether #ExploreEmotions #MeaningfulConversation

Taking time to process your emotions and think about past life events can be powerful. Explore the book club resources for the book What Happened to You by Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey.
#WhatHappenedToYou #BrucePerry #OprahWinfrey

Yield Social & Emotional Resources wirth Sucessful Partnerships

The β€œS” in β€œPARENTS” is for β€œSUCCEED”. A partnership will succeed when both partners are committed to learning from each other and listening to each others’ ideas.
Be prepared to change your mind and find the best solutions to strengthen families and communities!
Explore the full Parent Acrostic tool on the Alliance website.
#SucceedinCommittment #ParentAcrostic #ToolsforPartnership