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ACR-140 Positive Parenting Awareness Month.(2019-2020)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 140
CHAPTER 5

Relative to Positive Parenting Awareness Month.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  February 13, 2020. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 140, Mark Stone. Positive Parenting Awareness Month.
This measure would designate the month of January 2020 as Positive Parenting Awareness Month in California.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Raising children and youth in California to become healthy, confident, capable individuals is the most important job parents and caregivers have; and
WHEREAS, The quality of parenting or caregiving—starting prenatally—is one of the most powerful predictors of children’s future social, emotional, and physical health; and
WHEREAS, Positive parenting is a protective factor that eliminates risk, strengthens family relationships, increases parents’ confidence, and promotes the healthy development and well-being of children and families; and
WHEREAS, Positive parenting increases children’s self-regulation skills, relational skills, problem-solving skills, and involvement in positive activities; and
WHEREAS, Positive parenting can prevent or mitigate the effects of adverse childhood experiences such as child abuse, neglect, household dysfunction, and other traumatic events that can create dangerous levels of stress and impair lifelong health and well-being; and
WHEREAS, All parents have inner strengths or resources that can serve as a foundation for building their resilience and for passing these strengths on to their children; and
WHEREAS, Many parents and caregivers begin the lifetime job of raising children feeling unprepared, and fear and social pressures prevent many from seeking parenting help and guidance; and
WHEREAS, Parents who have experienced trauma, have a disability, or are raising a child with an emotional, behavioral, or developmental disability may need additional support; and
WHEREAS, Families in California come in many forms, with children who are raised by parents, grandparents, foster parents, family members, and other caregivers; and
WHEREAS, Families can benefit from a “tool kit” of proven strategies and receive support from various positive parenting programs in many counties and tribes through numerous organizations and individual practitioners, thanks to local partnerships, such as between First 5 commissions, local government, tribal nations, health and human services providers, schools, libraries, higher education institutions, and child welfare agencies; and
WHEREAS, Counties may implement and encourage positive parenting through a population health approach so that all families have opportunities to access information in ways that respect their unique beliefs, traditions, customs, interests, and racial, ethnic, and cultural practices; and
WHEREAS, Every individual, community group, business, public or nonprofit agency, and tribe in California has a role to play in raising awareness of the importance of positive parenting and supporting the health and well-being of children and families; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature declares the month of January 2020 as Positive Parenting Awareness Month; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.