5 strategies for building stronger connections with children[Webinar]

In this webinar we were welcomed by Prerna Richards, CEO and founder of Together We Grow! Prerna joined us for a conversation on 5 simple and effective strategies for building stronger connections with children. Prerna explored the difference between relationship-based and supervision based connections with children and how understanding this difference will reduce power struggles and defiance in the classroom. Keep reading to access the recording and slides!

🎤Our Special Guests:

Prerna Richards- CEO & Founder of Together We Grow!

Prerna Richards is a coach, consultant, trainer, and international speaker. She has been in the early childhood education field for the past 35 years. She started her consulting business 2 1/2 years ago called Together We Grow to provide professional development, coaching, and consulting for educators and individual families. Her educational philosophy is grounded in a play-based approach along with a strong social-emotional foundation. She is the winner of Susan Hargrave’s trainer of the year award from TXAEYC in 2020.

🧪Key Learning Outcomes from Prerna!

  • Social emotional learning is the bridge between cognitive development and language development and is therefore critical in the early years
  • Teaching social emotional learning starts with co-regulation and developing trust between educators and children
  • Choices are powerful tools to help give children agency and power to their voice. When educators give children choices it tells that child, we trust you and your voice matters.
  • Educating instead of policing in the classroom! Shift the view of the educators role from classroom management to supporting brain development.
  • Focus on connecting before correcting to strengthen relationships with the children in your care.


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Maddie Hutchison

Maddie is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a Master's in Early Childhood Studies. Her specialty is in Children's Rights and she is currently a Content Strategist for HiMama!