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. 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.
 Copyright guidelines will apply to the permission to reproduce the materials.