This document proposes strategies that communities can consider to promote the types of relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens so that they, in turn, can build stronger and safer families and communities for their children. It is organized into four sections. Each section focuses on one goal and lays out suggested steps to help you move toward that goal. The four sections include: Goal 1: Raise awareness and commitment to promote Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships (SSNRs) and prevent Child Maltreatment; Goal 2: Use data to inform actions; Goal 3: Create the context for healthy children and families through norms change and programs; and Goal 4: Create the context for healthy children and families through policies.
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Essentials for Childhood: Steps to Create Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments.