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Building Positive Relationships

with Young Children

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.

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  • 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 for their expertise

  • 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
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