TOPEKA – The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) encourages Kansans to take part in Family Day 2015 by eating a meal or engaging in some other type of quality-time activity on Sept. 28.
Family Day is a national movement that promotes parental engagement as a simple and effective way to reduce substance use among children. Family Day, celebrated on the fourth Monday of September, was launched as a campaign by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia™) in 2001, and has been coordinated statewide by Kansas Family Partnership (KFP) since 2002.
“We know that quality family time plays an important role in the development of children,” DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said. “The more we can make family a priority, the better it is for child well-being.”
Children and youth who eat dinner with their families frequently are less likely to drink, smoke or use drugs, according to a study by CASAColumbia™.
The Family Day Campaign emphasizes the importance of connecting with your kids at various times throughout the day, whether it's driving them to activities, tucking them into bed or having frequent family dinners.
For resources to celebrate Family Day, including recipes, dinner ideas and conversation starters, visit Kansas Family Partnership’s website at www.kansasfamily.com