Welcome to Free To Grow:
Head Start Partnerships to Promote Substance-free Communities
Free To Grow (FTG) is a national demonstration program testing an innovative approach to two closely related public health problems – substance abuse and child abuse. Free To Grow identifies the best ideas and practices in the field of prevention in general, and substance abuse and child abuse prevention in particular, and applies them to the crucial early years. Unlike many early childhood prevention programs, Free To Grow is not a curricular intervention. Instead, Free To Grow brings together broad based community partners to support locally tailored, integrated approaches to strengthening families and communities. Program strategies target the young child’s overall environment, not the child.
This website is designed for Free To Grow staff and grantees, professionals and students in the field of prevention, parents, members of the media and policy makers-and all those interested in the well-being of young children. In the WHO WE ARE page, you can find information on the initiative's history, mission and on-going national evaluation and program demonstration. In the FAMILY, COMMUNITY and PARTNERS pages, you can find strategies and resources that incorporate best practices in prevention that Free To Grow is adapting to strengthen families and neighborhoods at its grantee sites throughout the country. In the RESEARCH page, you can access the research upon which these strategies are based and in the POLICY page, you can learn about relevant trends that affect the work of Free To Grow. In the NEWSROOM, you can read about Free To Grow sites in the news, and developments in the area of prevention that are making headlines
The site provides many opportunities for visitors to participate. You can weigh in with your opinion by responding to the Survey question on the homepage; or you can Ask a Question or Share Your Own Story.