Earlier this year, 13 families completed an 8-week Circle of Security Parenting™ (COSP) Series, exploring new skills and strategies that help caregivers, families, and educators to build healthy relationships with their children, and improve their resiliency. COSP invites caregivers and families to explore children’s attachment needs in a supportive, caring space.
COSP is an internationally recognized, research-based program featuring trained and registered facilitators working with parent/guardians to help them to:
- Understand their child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs
- Support their child’s ability to successfully manage emotions
- Enhance the development of their child’s self esteem
- Honor the innate wisdom and desire for their child to be secure
Rachel Fox, Early Care & Education Resiliency Specialist at ESD 112, completed the COSP Facilitator training in 2022 in order to offer the Circle of Security Parenting series to birth through pre-kindergarten families participating in various Early Care & Education (ECE) programs. Fox felt the COSP program aligned with the work she was doing to support children and families, helping caregivers and educators to understand the cues and attachment needs, self-esteem, and emotional regulation and relationships that children need to build resiliency and emotional wellbeing.
“I have been in Early Care & Education work for over 25 years and Circle of Security has had a significant impact on me personally and professionally,” said Fox. “It helped give a framework for the things that I inherently knew were important and empowered me by giving tangible tools to understand attachment needs, supporting the emotional bonds and relationships we have throughout the lifespan.”
Fox recently completed additional training through COSP that allows her to offer the program to birth through pre-kindergarten ECE educators and Family Support Specialist staff at ESD 112.
“This is something that is very exciting. I hope it will give educators and families tools for supporting their important relationships with children, and language and a framework to support each other, fostering spaces that promote emotional safety and belonging.” Rachael Fox