Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

Understanding child development and parenting strategies that support physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development.

Core Meaning

Seeking, acquiring and using accurate and age/stage-related information about:

  • Parental behaviors that lead to early secure attachments
  • The importance of
    • Being attuned and emotionally available to one’s child
    • Being nurturing, responsive and reliable
    • Regular, predictable and consistent routines
    • Interactive language experiences
    • Providing a physically and emotionally safe environment for one’s child
    • Providing opportunities for one’s child to explore and to learn by doing
  • Appropriate developmental expectations
  • Positive discipline techniques
  • Recognizing and attending to the special needs of a child

Source: Center for the Study of Social Policy

Prevent Child Abuse West Virginia
Partners in Community Outreach West Virginia
Western Regional CASA
West Virginia Infant Toddler Mental Health Association
Mountain State Healthy Families