Article written by Urban Alliance staff.

Recently, three organizations that are a part of the Urban Alliance networkBuilding Healthy Families, Our Savior Lutheran Church and South Congregational Church – were awarded grant funding, through the Urban Alliance initiative Thrive, to attend a Circle of Security training, as well as grant funds of up to offset the cost of facilitating a Circle of Security parenting group that will use the Circle of Security model. 

Circle of Security is a relationship-based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Attachment is a deep and enduring emotional bond that connects one person to another across time and space. Decades of university-based research have confirmed that children with caregivers that are consistently emotionally available and support both exploration and nurturing exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure. 

Does your church or Christian-based non-profit organization provide support and services to families with young children? 

  • 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

If so, your organization is invited to engage in Thrive and receive support and resources such as volunteers, donated goods, capacity-building support and grant funding to increase the impact of your services.

For more information, contact Jessica Sanderson, Urban Alliance’s Senior Director of Research & Strategy, at or 860.986.7461.