Parents and Providers: Sharing The Care


Parents and Providers: Sharing The Care

ZERO TO THREE’s Parents and Providers: Sharing the Care


Child care providers are uniquely positioned to play a role in building protective factors with the parents of very young children. Their brief, daily interactions with parents and their ongoing connections with the children they care for provide insights and opportunities to strengthen family protective factors. Yet as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) reports, working with parents can be challenging for providers, especially when it comes to holding sensitive conversations with them.


A recent ZERO TO THREE survey shows that 77% of parents see professionals, including child care providers, as a major influence on their parenting.  NAEYC  found that parents want “…cooperative, respectful communication [with providers] within the context of reciprocal relationships.”


ZERO TO THREE’s new resource, Parents and Providers: Sharing the Care, responds to the interests that both parents and providers describe. This set of handouts encourages respectful interaction, reflection, and goal-setting by focusing shared attention on key issues related to caring for babies and toddlers. 


This project engages national partners, providing them with materials that can be reproduced for use within a program.[1] Partners will gain a valuable resource and will help to shape the dissemination and evaluation process. The project will offer interested recipients technical assistance via a webinar. The dissemination, uses of and responses to the materials will be tracked via survey and social media discussions. A report will describe the experience of collaboratively disseminating a low-intensity resource that has the potential to make an impact at multiple levels of the social ecology.

[1] Copyright guidelines will apply to the permission to reproduce the materials.


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Discussion Forum

How Are People Using the Sharing the Care Handouts?

Started by Nancy L. Seibel Feb 27, 2012. 0 Replies

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Comment by Nancy L. Seibel on February 23, 2012 at 9:52am

Sharing the Care Survey - Please take a moment to take our survey on the Sharing the Care parent handout, we value your feedback!!

Comment by Kyrie Sankaran on April 20, 2012 at 10:57pm

Dear Nancy, I was at the recent conference and was provided this network link.  I am with a not-for-profit agency in Los Angeles and we are looking for an evidence based curriculum for parent partners. I to  would appreciate it very much if you could recommend a couple to and if not,I would appreciate if you could direct me to someone who could. Thanks. Kyrie

Comment by Nancy L. Seibel on April 22, 2012 at 1:16pm

Hi Kyrie,

Thanks for joining the network and checking in with us. We do have a child abuse and neglect training curriculum which we developed about 10 years ago and have since been disseminating. It focuses on bringing to providers the knowledge, skills and confidence that can help them build effective partnerships with families through which they can strengthen family protective factors and reduce the risk of maltreatment. I would say that our curriculum has sufficient evidence to consider it a promising practice. We do not yet have sufficient evidence to establish it as evidence-based.  Having said that, I also am not sure that this curriculum, Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: Parent-Provider Partnerships in..., is what you are seeking. There are a couple of other organizations you can check with, including Parents Anonymous and the National Alliance of Childrens Trust and Prevention Funds, to see what they have or what they would recommend. the FRIENDS National Resource Center and the AIA Resource Center also may be able to help. I believe other than the AIA you can find connections to these organizations on this site. If you google Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center you can find that organization as well. Thanks for joining the group - let me know we can assist further. 

Comment by Nancy L. Seibel on January 10, 2013 at 11:49am

Here's a new report  from the Royal Society of Canada on addressing early adverse experiences


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