8.2 Resources for Socializations


What Is It?

In addition to providing staff development and support, you should ensure that home visitors have adequate resources to conduct socializations. You might need to advocate for increased funding or for the allocation of additional staff resources to ensure high-quality experiences. Resources that enhance the delivery of socialization services include the following:

  • A facility that can be used on a regular basis at flexible times and meets state licensing requirements. It should be safe and hygienic; have facilities for toileting and hand washing, refrigeration, and heat; accommodate children and adults with disabilities; be warm, inviting, and comfortable; and be conducive to individual and group play and learning experiences for young children and their parents.

  • Multiple staff members who can manage groups and conduct group-based developmental experiences, support individual children and parents during the group process, and provide child care for siblings of participant children when needed

  • Staff and/or volunteers who can provide translation for children and families

  • Staff position dedicated to supporting male involvement or that includes responsibilities for male involvement

  • Staff with flexible schedules so that socializations can occur at optimal times for families

  • Toys and materials for multiple age groups that are developmentally appropriate, easily accessible, user friendly for parents and children alike, and reflective of the cultures of participant families

  • Equipment that is developmentally appropriate, in good condition, and designed to support child and family development and interactions, for example, furniture for family- style eating; shelves, containers, or baskets for toys and other child materials; diapering and toileting equipment; safe, durable, and appropriately challenging play equipment; adult-sized chairs, couches, or gliders

  • Meals or snacks for children and families that are developmentally appropriate, nutritious, and consistent with the culture of participant families (this includes infant formula)

  • Transportation/access to transportation (e.g., bus tokens) for families who otherwise could not attend

Learn More

Learn strategies for creating an effective environment for group socializations with infants, toddlers, and their parents. Early Head Start home visitors will find this information useful. This material expands specific areas addressed in ACYF-IM-HS-00-22: Child Development Services During Home Visits and Socializations in the Early Head Start Home-Based Program Option.


This resource explores how to provide formula for infants and toddlers during socialization experiences. Administrators, staff, parents, and support staff may find this information useful. Applicable Program Performance Standards and resources are included.