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BEST SELLING PRODUCTS
Yet educators have been isolated, under-resourced, and are burning out in high numbers. Children come to school with big feelings and behaviors that can be challenging to respond to. Teachers are overwhelmed and stressed, making it hard to connect and provide the support children and their families need.
The 5 simple and concrete tools can buffer against educator stress while caring for children with histories of adversity.
Over the last three decades, and in over 150 classrooms, we have seen transformative outcomes for early childhood educators and the families with whom they work.
This pioneering approach:
Hand in Hand's unique tools have helped build resilient families and supportive communities across the globe since 1989.
Instructors serve families and professionals on five continents in diverse communities. Training and resources are currently available in 15 languages.
We reach a growing community of parents and professionals every month through a vibrant online community.
View AMCHP's implementation guide
for Hand in Hand's program here
Completed under the mentorship of Frontiers of Innovation (FOI) at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. The study evaluated the feasibility and acceptability of the 6-week experiential online course. Participants noted improved educator efficacy, reduced educator stress, and positive changes in child outcomes. Check out the Impact Report.
Serving 500+ families, we're currently running an early pilot study to document educator changes in behavior, knowledge, attitude, and skill as a result of the updated 8-week experiential online course for 50 early childhood educators around the country. Findings will be published in 2023.
We'll train and support 80-100 early childhood educators and document the outcomes such as teacher-child connectedness, decreases in teacher-student conflict, classroom climate changes, and increase in play.
In this study for 50-100 educators the training course will be evaluated for its readiness to scale. Results will strengthen the evidence base and findings will be published.
We welcome early childhood educators all over the US to join the 8-week experiential & online Foundations Course for Early Childhood Educators.
You'll learn 5 trauma-responsive tools to build connected classrooms, address challenging behaviors, and get some self-care you don't have to do by yourself.
Participation includes 2-3 hours a week, where you will:
PhD Clinical Psychology,
MA Special Education,
Director of Programs and Research
PhD Developmental Psychology,
Ohio Pediatrician of the year 2011-2012
MA COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY,
GRANTS AND RESEARCH MANAGER
PhD, Research Fellow, School of Sociology and Education, University of Portsmouth
This feasibility study was conducted as a Portfolio Project of Frontiers of Innovation (FOI), the R&D platform of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. As a portfolio project, the Research Team received year-long mentorship to design and conduct this first phase of the research program. For more information, see the Impact Report.
This study was funded by Hemera Foundation and BIJJAR Family Foundation.
Shelley Macy, Principal Investigator, ECE Faculty at Northwest Indian College, conducted a qualitative analysis of a four-year research project teaching Hand in Hand Parenting at Northwest Indian College.
Pamela Oatis, MD, analyzed the impact of Hand in Hand’s six-week introductory class for parents in a research poster using data from 250 English-speaking and 72 Spanish-speaking parents.
Research poster presented at Mercy Children’s Hospital, Toledo, OH.
Oatis, P., Wipfler, P., Klorer, M., McKitrick, T., Canterbury, E., Roe, J., & Buderer, N. (2014). Listening-based parenting strategies promote stronger parent-child connection. Research poster presented at Mercy Children’s Hospital, Toledo, OH. See also: Oatis, P. (2014).
Despite the growing recognition of the central role of toxic stress in childhood emotional and behavioral challenges, and mental and physical health across the lifespan, we are just beginning to develop trauma-informed responses. Full article by Maya Coleman and Kristen Volk here.
If you'd like to collaborate with Hand in Hand, please fill out this form and a member of our research team will be in touch.