Families are involved in community-based activities and events

It takes a village to support children, youth and families as they progress through their developmental journey.  Schools obviously play a critical role in long-term student success, but they aren’t in this alone. A supportive, active community that encourages and invites families to spend time together and with others is an often overlooked, but key element of success.

Families that spend time together and have strong social connections are more resilient than families that don’t. Positive, playful experiences that promote relationships within families and connections to the larger community are critical to the strength and success of families.

Although this data is not currently available, Better Together, in partnership with local schools, will develop a tool for collecting this outcome based data from Central Oregon families.


  • Walsh, Froma. Strengthening Family Resilience. New York: Guilford Press, 2011.
  • DeFrain, John, and Sylvia M. Asay. “Strong Families Around the World.” Family Matters 53 (Winter 1999): 6–13.