A Foundation for Flourishing

Early Relational Health (ERH), achieved through positive and enduring emotional connection in the earliest years, is vital for creating the foundation for healthy development and lifelong health and well-being.

Why Early Relational Health Matters

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Families Are Our Guides

Nurture Connection’s mission is made powerful by the generational knowledge that flows through families — shaped by the wisdom and beauty of all cultures and traditions.

This Month at Nurture Connection

"May is Mental Health Awareness Month: Can we move from awareness to prevention and healing through the power of relational health?"

Our latest blog from David Willis, MD and Jennifer Oppenheim, PsyD discusses how ERH initiatives are a means to promote flourishing and to prevent future child mental health challenges.

Across our nation, behavioral health experts are sounding the alarm of rising rates of child and youth loneliness, mental
health disorders, and suicide. Just this month, the U.S. surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, MD, released a new Surgeon General Advisory calling attention to the health crisis of loneliness, isolation, and lack of connection in our nation.


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Community by community, we are building a networked and engaged movement in partnership with parents and families.

Through our collective imagination and effort, we can make sure that every child is cared for and valued, every family is supported and heard, and every community is made stronger through positive and enduring emotional connection.

Featured Resources

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Preventing Childhood Toxic Stress: Partnering With Families and Communities to Promote Relational Health (American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement)

By focusing on the safe, stable, and nurturing relationships (SSNRs) that buffer adversity and build resilience, pediatric care is on the cusp of a paradigm shift that could reprioritize clinical activities, rewrite research agendas, and realign our collective advocacy.

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Perspectives on Early Relational Health (ERH) Video Series

“The Perspectives on Early Relational Health” series brings together a diverse group of parents, pediatricians, researchers, and providers to share their perspectives on why Early Relational Health matters and what they are doing to support and promote foundational early relationships. In the “Foundations of Emotional Connection” session, David Willis, MD, speaks with Dr. Junlei Li (Harvard Graduate School of Education) about the mutuality, or bi-directionality, of early relationships and what these healthy early relationships can look like across cultures and contexts.

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How to Communicate Effectively About Early Relational Health: What It Is and Why It Matters

This guide is meant to be a tool to help the many voices supporting and working on Early Relational Health to speak the same language and spread awareness, spark interest, advocate holistically, and accelerate change.

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