Best practices in action

Build Positive Relationships

Staff and adults who are caring and responsive role models, and clear and open communicators, help children create warm and trusting relationships.

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Research, Articles, and Documents

Power of Positive Adult Child Relationships
Learn more about why positive adult child relationships are so important to social emotional well-being.

Magic of Everyday Moments: From Feelings to Friendship

Young Children Develop in an Environment of Relationships

Wake County Public Schools: HO PS Boy

Wake County Public Schools: Friendship Cards

Wake County Public Schools: Social Emotional Lesson Planning MAP Worksheet

Wake County Public Schools: Solution Kit Cue Cards 2x2

Lucy Daniels Center: 100 Acts of Kindness

Lucy Daniels Center: Children's Book List

Lucy Daniels Center: Kindness Chains

Lucy Daniels Center: Making Mindful Bottles

Lucy Daniels Center: Online Resources

Lucy Daniels Center: Shout-Out Wall

Lucy Daniels Center: Social and Emotional Milestones for Children Ages 6-8

Lucy Daniels Center: Something's Bugging Me

Lucy Daniels Center: Take a Break Basket

Lucy Daniels Center: What is Right is Right

Blog Posts

Creating Cozy Areas: Beginning and Beyond




Face to Face


Building Positive Relationships with Young Children
Building positive, nurturing relationships with the children in your care is the single most critical thing you can do as an early childhood provider.  But why is it so important?  And what are some of the things you can do to help foster strong, positive relationships with children?

The Power of Relationships in Early Childhood Development - SERIES 01
RELATIONSHIPS MATTER: In this series Kadija speaks to parents and providers an understanding of how relationships with young children develop, and why these relationships are so important. Kadija utilizes the transactional model of development to support our understanding of how the child, parent and environment influence each other and ultimately child development.

The Power of Relationships in Early Childhood Development - SERIES 02
BEHAVIOR HAS MEANING: During this portion of the series, we will think and learn about how infants and young children communicate through behavior. As infants grow, they become more skilled at communication and begin to express their needs through gestures such as, pointing, looking, and of course through their use of language.

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Positive Relationships with Children

Meet the Experts

Lucy Daniels Center
Children’s mental health is our priority at the Lucy Daniels Center, where we help children with emotional, mental and social challenges succeed through in-depth evaluation and treatment, family involvement and education.

ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development.

Project Enlightenment
Project Enlightenment is an early childhood education and prevention program of the Wake County Public School System for young children birth through kindergarten.