Emotional Beginnings TOT


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Emotional Beginnings Training of the Trainer

 A staff development program for infant and toddler childcare providers

Contact How to Read Your Baby for information on scheduling training at your location 

What makes the Emotional Beginning Program work?

Based on sound educational and psychological research

  • Research models developed by Liz Bates, T. Berry Brazelton, Robert Emde, Stanley Greenspan, Louis Sanders, Allan Sroufe, Edward Troinic and Lev Veygotskey serve as the theoretical frame work for the Emotional Beginnings Program .

Child focused

  • Emotional Beginnings (EB) is designed to involve the child as the teacher by focusing the childcare provider on the child’s needs and emotional communication. EB’s use of the “Caring Connection Plan” allows the children to teach, which validates and empowers the provider.

Utilizes the expertise of all of the partners in the process

  • Child
  • Childcare Provider
  • Parent
  • Program Supervisor/Administrators


  • According to research, supervised practice and coaching are critical to the effective integration of new skills into a person’s behavioral repertoire. Setting up an opportunity for the childcare provider and child to interact with one another and offering technical support is an integral part of the EB Staff Development Model.

Has a positive effect on the emotional relationship

  • Development of a monthly “Caring Connection Plan” by each caregiver helps caregivers to increase emotional availability skills and build a positive relationship with each child. Emotional availability is being able to read, listen and respond appropriately to others’ emotional signals. Children who have emotionally available caregivers learn more and are more psychologically stable, they show more resiliency and ability to be independent and problem solve.


  • Sharing positive experiences makes learning fun for childcare providers and children.

The EB Staff Development Package

Emotional Beginnings - Site Coordinators Guide Emotional Caregiver Handbooks



The EB 4 Step Staff Development Format

EB 4 Step Staff Development Format

The Emotional Beginnings Units

Role of the Child Care Provider in Emotional Beginnings

  • Emotional Beginnings starts with a basic understanding of the emotional needs and development of infants and toddlers and how caregivers can make more positive connections with the children.

Building Trust

  • By respecting each baby’s biorhythms, that include a predictable pattern of eating, sleeping, and states of awareness, caregivers can build a trusting relationship with each individual child.

Reading Cues

  • Understanding a child’s ability to communicate through emotional signals is not always easy. The emotionally available caregiver is able to match cues to a child’s feelings and needs and responds appropriately.
Helen Young Emotional Beginnings - What I Like Best

Respecting Differences

  • Learning about differences in temperament and the general development of each child is a critical component in being able to provide every child quality care.


  • The day-to-day care of children is filled with joy and difficulties. Anger, teasing, shaming, fear, distrust etc. are roadblocks to learning. Negative emotions used sparingly can caution, teach and show respect.

Emotional Refueling

  • Emotional energy is something caregivers use all the time. Caregivers need to find ways to replenish this energy and take care of their own needs. Caregivers who take care of their needs are better able to meet the emotional needs of children.

Power of Shared Positive Emotions

  • Sharing fun and positive emotions are essential to relationship building and leads to feelings of closeness, confidence, trust and acceptance.

Floor Time

  • Based on a process developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, caregivers learn the importance of providing individual playtime with each child and how scaffolding can extend and expand play.

Learning the Do’s

  • Infants and toddlers want desperately to belong and to please, and they are learning the rules to fit in socially. Music, rhythm, rhyme and fun are powerful tools for helping young children learn the Do’s.


  • Understanding and respecting a child’s need for both dependence and autonomy is critical in an emotionally responsive relationship. Developing feelings of interdependence with colleagues can enhance a caregiver’s commitment to professionalism.

The EB Training of the Trainer

What To Expect At An EB TOT

  • Certified How To Read Your Baby Trainer
  • Innovative training strategies
  • Practical applications
  • Parallel processing
  • Time to practice new skills with coaching
  • Hands on experience using the EB Program
  • The opportunity to strengthen you knowledge of emotional availability
  • Follow up consultation

Contact How to Read Your Baby for information on scheduling training at your location 

The sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. each day and end by 5 p.m.

Please note that lunch is on your own and no evening activities are planned.

You will need to bring your PIPE Curriculum with you to this training. If you have purchased curriculum it will be waiting for you at the training.

You will receive a Certificate of Completion for the 16 hours of contact time at the close of the training.

Training locations will be included in participant’s letter for additional sites.

Northglenn CO, Training Location:

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Center

11385 Grant Drive, Northglenn, CO  80233

Phone # 303-452-2041


  • Exit off of I-25 onto 120th going east (away from the mountains) to Washington
  • at Washington turn south (right) to Malley Dr
  • at Malley Dr. turn west (right) to Grant Drive
  • at Grant Drive turn south, (left) Immaculate Heart of Mary is located on the right. Enter through the church’s main entrance.  When you reach the top of the stairs go down the corridor on the left and follow the signs will direct you to the training room in the Parish Center.


Hotels near the training location.

Hotels near the training location.

Hampton Inn
243 E. 120th Ave.
Thornton, CO 80233
Phone: 303-451-7900
Includes a continental breakfast and a indoor pool
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La Quinta
348 W. 120th Ave.
Northglenn, CO 80233
Phone: 303-252-9800
Includes a continental breakfast
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Ramada Plaza Denver North
10 East 120th Avenue
Northglenn, CO 80233
Phone: 303-452-4100
Includes breakfast buffet, indoor pool and onsite restaurant
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Doubletree by Hilton
83 East 120th Avenue
Northglenn, CO, US, 80233
Phone: 303-920-8000
Includes indoor pool and onsite restaurant
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Super Shuttle is available to get from the airport to the hotels and to the training site.
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Additional information

Location and Date


Curriculum Options

None, Emotional Beginnings Curriculum Package

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