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Developing Relationships Between Children and their Parents

American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization dedicated to the health and healthy development of all children. This website is a source for parents and professionals on the development of and specific issues involving young children. There are many resources and links on this website including articles like the importance of play.

A Place of Our Own
A Place of Our Own includes activities and resources as well as discussion boards for parents and teachers. It also includes workshops that you can do to improve practices with young children. There are consultants that discuss issues like building meaningful relationships and other topics with parents and teachers. A few areas of interest include social-emotional activities, tips and advice and nurturing relationships.

This website allows you to type in the age of a child and certain book theme. Bookfinder is hosted by PBS Parents and includes a number of children’s books on a variety themes including social-emotional development.

Brazelton Touchpoints Center
The Brazelton Touchpoints Center is founded by pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton, whose theories on relationship development revolve around the importance of touch. You can learn about this Touchpoints Approach through the website.

Bright Futures
Bright Futures is an initiative that is dedicated to the healthy development of children and their families, including social-emotional development of young children, and tools for parents and practitioners. One of the projects of interest is family materials.

Child Care Aware
Child Care Aware is an organization that offers a variety of publications on multiple areas of child development and related issues. Visitors are able to search the website for helpful information, tools and resources for parents including items such as tips for fathers.

Early Head Start National Resource Center
This website includes resources for parents and professional development. It is part of the Administration for Children and Families website, a resource tool for family services.

Gryphon House
Gryphon House is a publishing company that published books on a wide variety of topics, including the development of children. It is a resource of materials for parents and teachers within multiple domains of child development.

iVillage's parenting page includes activities that parents can do with children of different ages, developing their social, emotional and cognitive skills. There are also links to specific topics in early childhood, such as activities for parents and babies and activities for parents and toddlers/preschoolers.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAEYC is a national organization for teachers, which offers accreditation to high quality child care centers. NAEYC publishes a journal called Young Children and is devoted to improving education and development of children birth through age eight.

National Head Start Association
The National Head Start Association is not-for-profit membership organization. Their purpose is to meet the needs of Head Start children and their families. This research-based program includes many resources for parents and teachers.

National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
This organization is comprised of many professionals in different fields of study dedicated to finding the connections between early experiences and learning and developmental brain structures. You are able to search the site for downloadable PDF articles. Some specific articles of interest on social-emotional development include Young Child Develop in the Environment of Relationships and Early Relationships for Healthy Brains.

National Network for Child Care
This website offers several publications that include practical information and resources related to the care of young children..

NIEER Preschool Policy Brief on Children's Social and Emotional Development through Preschool Education
This policy brief from the National Institute for Early Education Research discusses the importance of promoting social-emotional development in young children, including the influences of parents, teachers, and peers on their development. is a resource for parents that includes information about developmental milestones and articles about children from pregnancy through their teens. Use these direct links to look at social development in babies and toddlers and preschoolers.

PBS Kids
This links to a part of the PBS Kids website that includes activities that teachers and parents can do build social-emotional development in toddlers and preschoolers.

The Program for Infant/Toddler Care
This organization provides training for teachers on infant and toddler development and ways to promote healthy emotional development within this age group. The program has a resource of videos and modules on developing relationships with young children and implements a relationship-based curriculum.

Promoting First Relationships
Promoting First Relationships is an organization through the University of Washington that is dedicated to promoting healthy early social and emotional development in children birth to 3. The organization offers training courses on promoting secure relationships between children and caregivers.

Relationship Roots
This relationship-based program out of Colorado offers training and materials such as books, CDs, songs, interactive activity ideas, and relationship building activities for parents and caregivers of young children from birth through the preschool years. Their mission is to help children develop life long relationship skills.

Revolution Health
This website includes topics that support healthy lifestyles. Here you will find a family and parenting guide for babies, toddlers, preschool-age children and more. You can also sign up for a free weekly newsletter by e-mail. One of the articles on this site addresses social-emotional development of children ages 12-24 months.

Talaris Institute
The Talaris Institute is a research institute dedicated to providing parents with tools to raise a healthy child socially, emotionally and cognitively.

Traveling Light: Family Fun to Go
This document is a resource for families. It includes a list of activities for parents to do with their children of different ages. The activities are developmentally appropriate and include ideas for how to use them to enhance your relationship with your children.

Zero to Three
Zero to Three is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the healthy development of infants and toddlers. The site has a section for parents as well as professionals where you can search the site by topic. Here you can subscribe to the Zero to Three journal and obtain training resources. You can sign up to get e-mails from the program as well. You can link directly to the social-emotional development section of the website for parents. Other areas of interest include hints for developing relationship skills, and developing communication skills.