Family Day

Bookmarks English.inddChildren and teens who eat dinner with their families regularly are less likely to smoke, drink or use drugs. Celebrate Family Day on the fourth Monday of September and begin making family dinners a part of your regular routine.

 

“An action as simple as eating dinner as a family can make a big difference. It isn’t the food on the table, but the conversations and engagement around the table that have a lasting impact on children and teens. We encourage parents across Kansas to celebrate Family Day by talking with their kids over dinner.”
- Michelle Voth, Kansas Family Partnership Executive Director

About Family Day
Get Involved with Family Day
Family Day Materials and Links
Family Day Partners and Sponsors
Family Day Media and News

About Family Day
Children and teens who eat dinner with their families 5-7 times per week are less likely to smoke, drink or use drugs, according to recent studies by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia®). Children and teens who have frequent family dinners are also more likely to report having excellent relationships with their parents.

Family Day – Be Involved. Stay Involved.® is a national movement launched by CASAColumbia® in 2001 to inform parents that frequent family dinners can make a difference. Celebrated annually on the fourth Monday of September, Family Day promotes parental engagement as a simple and effective way to reduce the risk of substance use in children and teens.

Over the past 20 years, CASAColumbia® has surveyed thousands of American children, teens and their parents to identify situations and circumstances that influence the risk of youth substance abuse. Nine out of 10 Americans who meet the medical criteria for addiction started smoking, drinking or using drugs before age 18. Thus, children and teens who get through age 21 without smoking, abusing alcohol or using illegal drugs are virtually certain never to do so. Parents have the greatest influence on whether their children and teens will choose not to use.

The Family Day Campaign emphasizes how important it is to connect 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. Family Day has been coordinated statewide since 2002 by Kansas Family Partnership (KFP), who encourages parents to make every day Family Day in their homes.

Get Involved with Family Day
KFP encourages schools, businesses, organizations and community groups to spread the word about Family Day through local events and awareness campaigns. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Family Day Materials and Links
Kansas Family Day Campaign promotional materials are available through KFP to help you celebrate Family Day and plan regular family dinners. Materials are not dated so they can be used throughout the year to promote the importance of family dinners. Quantities of promotional materials are limited, so order materials early and check back often for new updated materials!

Order Promotional Materials

Download Promotional Materials

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Family Day Partners and Sponsors
If you would like to sponsor or partner with the Kansas Family Day Campaign to help promote the campaign across the state, please contact Nicole Stejskal, KFP Communications Coordinator, at 1.800.206.7231 or nstejskal@kansasfamily.com.

2014 Kansas Family Day Committee

  • Nicole Stejskal, Kansas Family Partnership, Topeka
  • Ginny Barnard, K-State Research and Extension, Manhattan
  • Kowonia Bowen, Youthville, Wichita
  • Robert Gonzales, Finney County Youth Services, Garden City
  • Holly Higgins, Kansas Farm Bureau, Manhattan
  • Pam Lamb, Kansas State Department of Education, Topeka
  • Katie Mace, St. Francis Community Services, Wichita
  • David Martin, Eagle Radio, Salina
  • Gayla Randel, Kansas State Department of Education, Topeka
  • Carla Smith, Reno County Communities That Care, Hutchinson

2014 Kansas Family Day Partners and Sponsors
Thank you to the following schools, businesses, organizations and community groups who are promoting Family Day in Kansas!

Are you promoting Family Day in Kansas? Contact Nicole Stejskal, KFP Communications Coordinator, at 1.800.206.7231 or nstejskal@kansasfamily.com to add your organization’s name to our list!

2014 Kansas Family Day Honorary Chair
Mary-Brownback
First Lady Mary Brownback is the official statewide spokesperson for the Kansas Family Day Campaign.

Family Day Media and News
If you are a member of the media and would like more information about the Kansas Family Day Campaign, please contact Nicole Stejskal, KFP Communications Coordinator, at 1.800.206.7231 or nstejskal@kansasfamily.com.

2014 Family Day Press Release
2013 Family Day Summary Report

Use of Family Day Logo and Materials
If you would like to use the Kansas Family Day Campaign logo or content from Kansas Family Day Campaign promotional materials, please contact Nicole Stejskal, KFP Communications Coordinator, at 1.800.206.7231 or nstejskal@kansasfamily.com.