In partnership with families and communities, Nurture Connection is building a networked and engaged movement to promote Early Relational Health for every family and in every community.
Mission, Vision, Values
We envision a future where every family experiences the joy and benefits of strong, positive, and nurturing relationships — where every community and all systems support the emotional connection between parents and caregivers and their babies and toddlers and view Early Relational Health as being vital to creating a healthier society.
We Believe in the Power of Connection
We see positive connections in our lives as the foundation for a fulfilling life. When we are connected with others, we are able to experience ourselves and others in the most authentic way through a full range of emotions. Our connections give us confidence in our potential and help us navigate challenges with strength. Above all, our connections make us healthier and stronger.
We Value Families and Their Cultural Wisdom
We recognize that generational knowledge and experiences flow through families. This wisdom is shaped by cultures, traditions, and histories, both of triumph and trauma. This is a source of their strength and expertise. Our systems, policies, and practices must respect and value parents and caregivers as their children’s first and most important teachers and most trusted and capable caregivers.
We Stand for Equity and Justice
We commit to creating a just, equitable, and inclusive society that promotes a sense of belonging for every individual. This is important to build a more just future for every child. This will advance the health and well-being of our children, families, and communities. Each and every one of us must engage in deep listening, understanding, and active participation.
We Champion Communities
We work to create real and sustainable change community by community. Our networked and connected movement is strengthened by our diverse set of partners. This brings our most creative ideas and joins us together across neighborhoods and systems. This provides the expertise to build strategies for improved health and well-being.
We Believe a Healthier Future Begins with Thriving Children
We seek to ensure every young child experiences strong, positive, and nurturing relationships which are the building blocks for a healthy life and a flourishing future. By recognizing healthy early relationships as essential to children’s health and well-being, we are contributing to the creation of more connected and strong communities.
We Believe Together We Create Change
We commit to building relationships that are rooted in trust, respect, and authenticity. This is how transformational change happens. It requires us to ask the hard questions and create safe spaces for difficult conversations. These relationships build the necessary bridges across ideas and efforts to help us achieve our shared vision and will bring about a healthier future for each and every child, family, and community.
Our Movement Is Shaped by Partners Working Together to Advance a Collective Vision for the Future
Early Relational Health Explained
Early Relational Health — or the state of emotional well-being that grows from emotional connection between babies and toddlers and their parents and caregivers when they experience strong, positive, and nurturing relationships with each other — is critical to creating healthy children, healthy families, and healthy communities.