Building Positive Relationships with Young Children

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Having strong, positive relationships with adults is critical for young children’s social and emotional development, and sets the stage for all future learning. How adults handle daily routines and instructional goals impact how well children attach and respond to teachers and caregivers, which in turn affects children’s feelings of security to explore their environment and make new discoveries. In this video, teachers, family child care providers, and experts discuss how adult relationships with children impact children’s development, behavior, and readiness to learn. Strategies for building strong relationships with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and Kindergarteners are also shared.

The following resources from other organizations provide additional information related to this topic:
Promoting social emotional development (ZERO TO THREE)
Positive teacher-child relationships (CSEFEL)
Creating healthy attachments to the babies in your care (NAEYC)
Relationships with children (Early Childhood Australia)
Building respectful relationships with children (Children’s Services Central)
Producer and Scriptwriter: Julia DeLapp
Editing: Sean Leser
Sean Leser, Ken Measimer
Script Consultation: Dr. Ann Gruenberg, Teresa Surprenant
Narration: Sean Leser
Special thanks to Heidi Maderia and the Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health
The Center wishes to thank the following Connecticut programs, organizations, and agencies who assisted in the making of this video:
ASPIRE Institute at Wheelock College
Cathy Cares Child Care, Willimantic
Child and Family Development Resource Center, Willimantic
Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health
Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
Cook Hill Integrated Preschool, Wallingford
Cooperative Educational Services School Readiness Program, Trumbull
EASTCONN Birth-to-Three Program, Hampton
EASTCONN Killingly Head Start, Killingly
EASTCONN Plainfield Head Start, Plainfield
Housatonic Community College Early Childhood Lab School, Bridgeport
Natchaug Elementary School, Willimantic
New Heights Child Development Center, Windham
Out Came the Sun Childcare, Windham
Pat’s House Family Childcare, Columbia
Windham Early Childhood Center, Willimantic
Windham Early Head Start, Windham
Women’s League Child Development Center, Hartford