Safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to prevent child abuse and neglect and to ensure all children reach their full potential.

The Essentials for Childhood Framework, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, proposes strategies communities can consider to promote 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.

The Framework is organized into four sections, with each one focused on a goal and related steps. The goals are:
  1. Raise awareness and commitment to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments and prevent child maltreatment
  2. Use data to inform actions
  3. Create the context for healthy children and families through norm changes and programs
  4. Create the context for healthy children and families through policies

While each goal is important, the four together are more likely to build a comprehensive foundation of safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children.