State Funds Child Abuse Prevention

Washington State’s Department of Early Learning has awarded $300,000 to organizations involved in preventing child abuse.  Twelve organizations will receive $10,000 to $50,000 to support their programs in the community.

The groups were chosen based on their efforts towards the “protective factors” in preventing child abuse and neglect.  Research has shown these factors help support strong families and help children develop in healthy ways.  The factors include knowledge of parenting and child development, social connections, parental resiliency, concrete support in times of need, and social and emotional competence of children.

In King County, one recipient was the Chinese Information and Service Center (CISC).  They will receive $20,000 to continue to support Asian immigrant parents and caregivers.  The center focuses on low-income families with limited English proficiency and children from birth to age 5.  The CISC is supported by United Way of King County and is located at 611 S lane Street in Seattle.

Other organizations were Child Care Resources, Encompass, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, and Postpartum Support International of Washington.  The Department of Early Learning strives to help all children in Washington reach their full potential and begin kindergarten ready to learn and succeed.