Promoting First Relationships: A Program for Service Providers to Help Parents and Other Caregivers Nurture Young Children’s Social and Emotional Development

by Jean F. Kelly, PhD, Tracy G. Zuckerman, PsyD, Diana Sandoval, MS, and Kim Buehlman, MA, of the Department of Family and Child Nursing at the University of Washington, Seattle.

The Promoting First Relationships Curriculum covers issues critical to supporting and guiding caregivers in building nurturing and responsive relationships with children, including:

  • Theoretical foundations of social and emotional development in early childhood (birth to 5 years)
  • Consultation strategies for working with parents and other caregivers
  • Elements of a healthy relationship
  • Promoting the development of trust and security in infancy
  • Promoting healthy development of self during toddlerhood
  • Understanding and intervening with children’s challenging behaviors
  • Developing intervention plans for children and caregivers
  • Individualizing Promoting First Relationships for your setting

Curriculum Materials

Program materials include a 156-page Third Edition manual, illustrated handouts to be used with parents and other caregivers, and a 28-minute DVD.

Promoting First Relationships Social-Emotional Cards

materials cardsSet of illustrated cards with examples of how caregivers can meet, in everyday interactions, the ten social-emotional needs of infants and toddlers.

Promoting First Relationships Parent/Caregiver Book

materials bookThis book gives parents and other primary caregivers (child care providers, grandparents, close family and friends) practical information about how to support their young child’s social and emotional growth. Learn how your day-to-day interactions with your child directly shape their thoughts and feelings about who they are and what to expect from others. This book will help you appreciate how you are already nurturing your child’s development and also give you ideas of what else you might try.

Promoting First Relationships Parent/Caregiver DVD

The Promoting First Relationships Parent DVD gives a brief explanation of the various elements of a healthy parent/caregiver and child relationship. This DVD is a wonderful addition to a consultant’s library, to share easy to understand information with parents and other caregivers. It can be left with parents to view on their own, or can be watched and discussed in a brief home visit. (This DVD is a shortened version of the full length PFR video, excluding the various consultation strategies).

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