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Basic Beginnings

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What is Basic Beginnings?

Basic Beginnings is a research-based parent education program focused on raising young children from the prenatal period through 3 years of age. Research on brain development, adverse childhood experiences, toxic stress, parent-child attachment, prenatal and early childhood health, social and emotional development and support, plus other relevant topics are incorporated in the curriculum.


How is the program organized?

Father and Baby

• The curriculum is organized in four units based on key domains of healthy childhood.

• The program includes 16 lesson modules, and each domain of the program can be explored within its own set of four lessons.

• The program can be taught individually in in small group learning and activity sessions, at-home visits, or in larger classes.

• The program includes hands-on, interactive family activity workbooks with materials for each lesson module.

How is the Basic Beginnings program unique?

mother showing young toddler how to play with a toy

• The program is built on recent research in child development, parent-child relations and human wellness.

• The learning materials incorporate hands-on, interactive learning activities with a unique “family activity book” for each lesson — Learning materials can be written on, personalized and easily applied.

• The program is modular and flexible, making it easy to use in a wide variety of educational settings.

• The program model focuses on understanding and practicing the fundamental aspects of raising children that lead to stable, responsive relationships and safe, supportive environments

• The program is adapted for use with specialized audiences — The lesson modules have been designed to provide resources for selected, unique audiences who may have particular needs (parents with special needs, etc.).

Who can benefit from the Basic Beginnings parent education program?

The Basic Beginnings program has been designed to meet the needs of a variety of learner audiences who can use increased knowledge and skills in raising young children age 0 to 3. It has been used with:

• Expectant, new or first-time parents

• Teen or young adult parents

• Parents with developmental challenges (differently abled, etc.)

• Middle or high school students in health or child development classes

• Parents in Head Start or other early childhood programs • Families in home visitation

• Parents involved in child welfare, social services, family support

• Immigrant or New American parents

• Community professionals

• Parents or other caregivers of young children

16 In-depth Lesson Modules

  1. Building a Caring Relationship with Your Baby

    • Loving and Nurturing Your Child
    • Getting to Know Your Child
    • Calming and Comforting Your Child
    • Teaching Your Child with Love
  2. Keeping Your Baby Safe and Well

    • Keeping Your Child Well - Part 1
    • Keeping Your Child Well - Part 2
    • Keeping Your Child Safe - Part 1
    • Keeping Your Child Safe - Part 2
  3. Growing Together with Your Baby

    • Helping Your Child Learn
    • Partnering with Your Child in Play
    • Giving Your Child the Gift of Reading
    • Growing Your Child's Self-worth
  4. Caring for Yourself and Your Baby

    • Understanding Stress as a Parent
    • Managing Your Stress as a Parent
    • Managing Your Child's Stress
    • The Importance of a Support System

How can I learn more about Basic Beginnings?

Copies of the program curriculum can be ordered for $220 (black and white) or $295 (color), plus shipping and handling.

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