Personal Caregiver/Teacher Relationships for Birth to Five-Year-Olds

Programs should implement relationship-based policies and program practices that promote consistency and continuity of care, especially for infants and toddlers. Early care and education programs should provide opportunities for each child to build emotionally secure relationships with a limited number of caregivers/teachers. Children with special health care needs may require additional specialists to promote health and safety and to support learning.

Building Relationships with Families

Families are the enduring presence in the lives of young children with disabilities. This volume contains activities to support early care and education staff and families in developing positive relationships that support collaboration and family leadership.

Session 2: Listening to Families

"Listening to Families" is a skill that is essential for providing responsive services to infants and toddlers with disabilities. This session builds on Volume 2, Session 1, Creating Bright Futures, and lays the foundation for building relationships with families.