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Discovering a New Way to Engage Families and Providers in Meaningful Conversations

The CCC Model describes a process of guided conversations that help to promote optimal development of very young children.

By Jodi Whiteman, Co-Director, Professional Development and Workforce Innovations

At ZERO TO THREE, we believe that a strong start for babies and toddlers depends on responsive, nurturing relationships with their parents and providers. Research supports this belief, confirming that a strong relationship between parents and providers leads to good outcomes for babies and toddlers. We also know that finding the time for parents and providers to have meaningful conversations is challenging. We developed the Caring Conversations Café (CCC) Model to help create the time, space, and structure for parents and providers to come together. At Cafés parents and providers have the opportunity to get to know each other on a deeper level; build their own positive, strong relationships; share unique resources; and develop important new skills for caring for very young children.

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