Fostering Teacher-Child Relationships

Responsive, sensitive relationships allow children to learn and develop across all areas

Responsive, sensitive relationships between educators and children allow children to learn and develop across all areas. When an educator feels connected with a child, they tend to provide more scaffolding, space, and leniency. As a result, the child feels confident to engage in the classroom because they see their educator as a source of acceptance and support.

Hallmarks of This Strategy

Relationships Matter

Relationships are a gatekeeper of opportunity– they can be the reason a child thrives or the reason they struggle in the classroom.

Be Intentional

Get to know children, value their ideas and interest, and help them see teachers as a resource.

Reflect and Connect

Taking time to reflect can help educators plan to strengthen relationships with every child.


Fostering Teacher-Child Relationships

In this lesson, we explore the importance of building strong teacher-child relationships. We offer strategies to get to know children and their families, show interest in their ideas and activities, and to help children see you as a resource. 


Additional Resources

Guide to Fostering Teacher-Child Relationships (Español)

Learn more about this strategy and its importance, and learn tips for trying it in your classroom.

Greetings Board

Greetings are a positive way to start the day. Use this visual choice board to help children communicate their preferred greeting.

Building Positive Relationships

Read this article to learn more about building and maintain positive relationships with young children.