PCR Programs - Promoting Nurturing Environments for Young Children

We Have A New Name!

We've changed our name! NCAST Programs is now Parent-Child Relationship Programs at the Barnard Center. 

WHY? NCAST stands for Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training and was coined in the 1970's when our founder, Dr. Kathryn Barnard, began training nurses to use the the Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Feeding and Teaching Scales. Dr. Barnard was a pioneer in distance learning way back in the 1970's. Dr. Barnard founded both NCAST Programs and the Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development.

In 2018 the Barnard Center and NCAST programs joined forces and are now one entity. The Barnard Center is the umbrella entity, and all of our trainings and products that are distributed by NCAST Programs will still be available but under our new name Parent-Child Relationship Programs at the Barnard Center. We will continue to offer the same great programs as before, but we will also be expanding our training offerings to include advanced infant mental health training for clinical providers and we will be making some of our trainings available online.

WHEN? This transition to our new name will occur in 2018. First, we will be changing the name on our products and website over spring 2018.  Our new website is www.pcrprograms.org and our new email is pcrp@uw.edu  However, you will still be able to use www.ncast.org and ncast@uw.edu, these will forward seamlessly. 

Though we've changed our name, you can still rely on us for developing and disseminating innovative research based and evidence based products and training programs for those working with young children and their families!

SPOTLIGHT - PFR Evidence Based!

Promoting First Relationships® (PFR) is a University of Washington based program that trains service providers in the use of practical, in-depth, effective strategies for promoting secure and healthy relationships between caregivers and young children (birth to three).

Using Promoting First Relationships

Professionals who work with caregivers and young children often see the need to support and guide caregivers in building nurturing and responsive relationships with children. Promoting First Relationships will give you the knowledge, tools, and strategies to support parents and caregivers to be loving, responsive and tuned into their children's feelings and needs.

 Features of the Promoting First Relationships Program

  • Integrates theory, practice and intervention
  • Unique consultation and intervention strategies
  • Various learning approaches including video case studies, role-playing and reflective dialogue
  • Implemented one-on-one with parents, in the clinic or home, and with child care providers and early childhood teachers responsible for group care
  • Applies the PFR framework directly to issues faced in your work environment

The Two Levels of Promoting First Relationships Training:

Level I: Knowledge Building                                           Level II: Skill Building (evidence based)

         2-day Learner Workshop                                               Mentored Distance Learning

More information on Promoting First Relationships (PFR) training Levels I & II here . . . 

The summary of PFR research results and program training here . . .   

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