Parenting Counts

Parenting Counts

Click here to visit the Parenting Counts: A Focus on Early Learning website.parenting

Babies are amazing. That's not just according to parents. Scientists are amazed at the capabilities of newborns, babies and toddlers to learn, feel and think. What's more, researchers know relationships are vital to unlocking those capabilities. From birth through five, children develop healthy social and emotional skills through nurturing and responsive interactions. Those skills build the foundation for learning, behavior and health in school and in life.  Parenting counts!

UNC-TV offers Parenting Counts: A Focus on Early Learning," co-developed by Talaris and KCTS Seattle/Television brings the research on best parenting practices into parent's daily lives through a series of workshops. The goals of the program are:

  • Stimulate greater awareness of early learning (birth to five years)
  • Promote more effective parenting and caregivers techniques
  • Enhance parent-child relationships

The Parenting Counts multimedia program helps parents, caregivers and professionals improve parenting skills. The parent program consists of three (3) 2-hour workshops aimed at enhancing parent-child communication, encouraging exploration and early learning behavior and handling stress.

Each workshop conveys research-based information that supports and increases parents' understanding of a child's learning capacities and social/emotional needs.  Informative spots feature child and caregivers in real life situations that illustrate the various ways babies and children learn. Topics include: Tantrums, developing vocabulary, recognizing infant cues, communication, imitative behavior, handling stress, learning by testing, communicating approval and valuing emotions.

A child's development is unique and complex. Although children develop through a generally predictable sequence of steps and milestones, they may not proceed through these steps in the same way or at the same time. A child's development is greatly influenced by factors in his or her environment and the experiences he or she has.

Young children open every door, chew on anything within their reach, repeat favorite activities endlessly, and watch everything that goes on around them, including the grownups who look to for learning.

The Ready To Learn Read-View-Do Learning Triangle model is followed.

Recommended Book List Parent:  (Bringing Up Baby: Three Steps to Making Good Decisions in Your Child's First Years Claire Lerner and Amy Dombro only available through Child's Book:  Mean Soup

One-minute spot Rough Day-- When you are stressed, do your kids know it? Kids learn how to cope with stress by watching what you do in stressful situations.

Parenting Tips (singing with children, etc.)

Workshops are based on real-life topics about how children think, feel and learn.

UNC-TV's Parenting Counts workshops are sponsored by a grant awarded by Talaris Research Institute, in cooperation with the Ready To Learn Centers of Wake County.

Click here for more information about the Parenting Counts grant.
PBS Ready To Learn is supported by a cooperative agreement from the U. S. Department of Education, PR/Award Number R295A00002.