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Nurturing First Relationships: Because What Happens Early Matters for a Lifetime


Now more than ever before, research provides evidence which identifies the impact of early experiences on lifelong health and development. Nurturing relationships in infancy and early childhood provide the foundation for young children to grow and develop their full potential; yet, many young children in Oklahoma are experiencing stress and trauma resulting from disruptions in their primary caregiving relationships due to issues such as substance abuse, mental illness, violence and separation/loss.  One does not have to have attended previous trainings to go to any in the series. 


​​This 3 part training series will be conducted in the following 5 counties:

  • Oklahoma
  • Comanche
  • Muskogee
  • Kay
  • Garfield​
    This training series is designed for those caring for and providing services to vulnerable infants and young children to help them better meet their mental health and developmental needs and support resilience through relationships and everyday experiences. The training is appropriate for Bridge Resource Families and providers from early care and education, child welfare, early intervention, mental health and home visitation. 
​​These trainings are made possible through a grant from Smart Start Oklahoma. To register for these trainings and for more information, click here

Training Series
Series 1 –Early Experiences Matter (April, May, June)​​
  • The Science of Early Childhood
  • Social Emotional Development
  • Defining Infant Mental Health
  • The ACE Study and Its Implications
Series 2 –Early Childhood Stress and Trauma (July, August, September) 
  • The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • How Our Ghosts Impact Early Attachment
  • Early Relationship Disruptions: Stress and Trauma
  • Reframing Challenging Behavior
Series 3 –Hope and Healing Through Relationships (October, November)​
  • Relationships, Routines and Resilience
  • Parent/Provider Partnerships
  • Supportive Resources
  • Self-Care and Reflection
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