To share our knowledge with other providers and expand our reach into the community, the Early Childhood Development and Education Center's experienced staff offer a wide range of trainings on a variety of topics, most notably parent-child attachment.

Promoting Parent-Child Attachment

The Early Childhood Development and Education Center's parent-child attachment training is an extension of a mental health intervention model called Wee Cuddle and Grow that social workers introduced at PACT's Therapeutic Nursery over the past 25 years, but was integrated into Southeast Early Head Start by the developer in the fall of 2022. This model is designed to promote positive bonding between parents and their young children, thus reducing the likelihood of future mental health problems in their children. The training includes the use of the NCAST, a time-tested intervention model with scored videos to measure improvements in parent-child attachment. Wee Cuddle and Grow training also covers a variety of play therapy techniques for use with young children, particularly those with a high risk for developing academic/social emotional/behavioral issues. Training is provided by social workers from Early Childhood Development and Education Center and the University of Maryland's Center for Infant Studies.

For more information, contact Kim Cosgrove at (410) 298-7000 or