Thrive: Laying a Solid Foundation During a Child's Early Years
Article written by Urban Alliance staff.
From the moment a child is born (and while in utero), they begin a journey into a critical window of time to shape their key academic, social and cognitive skills that will determine their success in school and in life.
Thrive is an Urban Alliance initiative that helps young children become socially, emotionally and academically prepared for kindergarten by collaboratively increasing the scope, quality and impact of local family-based programs and services.
- Urban Alliance will provide organizations that offer family-based programs with support, resources and guidance based on attachment theory and well-established milestones for infant and child development, which in turn will benefit the families being served through those programs.
- Day cares, preschools, church nursery or preschool ministries
- MOPS groups
- Parenting education groups
- Crisis pregnancy centers
- Any other program working with families of children under five years of age.
Circle of Security (COS) is an established eight-session DVD parenting education program that offers the core components of the evidence-based and internationally acclaimed COS protocol.
The program presents video examples of secure and problematic parent/child interactions, healthy options in caregiving, and animated graphics designed to communicate the principals of COS. This program incorporates decades of attachment research in an accessible step-by-step process which can be used in group settings or individual meetings with caregivers.