Through their commitment to serving the whole child, trained PD Dimensions consultants provide PCAN curriculum modules for early childhood educators, school age staff, and parents.

The PCAN curriculum fills a unique niche by focusing on the prevention of child abuse and neglect and the awareness of the impact of trauma on child development. It reaches beyond the typical mandated reporter training currently provided to child care professionals. 

This curriculum offers concepts and information to infant/family professionals focused on recognizing the importance of their relationships with very young children and their parents in reducing some of the risk factors associated with abuse and neglect.  

The curriculum focuses on three overarching areas:

  • Building effective relationships with parents and their very young children; 
  • Understanding the impact of abuse and neglect on infants and toddlers;
  • Helping directors build program climates that support families and staff in reducing the risk for child maltreatment.

PCAN Sessions

PCAN: Building Collaborative Relationships with Families, Module 1 (SA & ECE)

In this session, you will be introduced to concepts, information and practices focused on developing collaborative relationships with families that support children and reduce risk factors for abuse.

PCAN: Social-Emotional Development of Infants, Toddlers and their Families, Module 3 (ECE)

Healthy social-emotional development begins at birth when meaningful relationships are developed with parents and caregivers. This module assists practitioners in identifying children whose social-emotional development needs more in-depth observation and support.

PCAN: Helping Parents and Providers Understand Temperament, Module 4 (SA & ECE)

This session introduces the three primary temperament types: flexible, fearful and feisty. There will be an emphasis on strategies child care providers use to individualize their approach with children of each temperament type, as well as a discussion of attachment and its importance to children’s healthy development.

PCAN – Supportive Responses to Troubled Parent-Child Interactions, Module 7 (ECE)

This session presents strategies that child care providers can use in partnering with parents when risk factors for abuse and neglect are present. Strategies range from prevention activities that support the parent-child relationship, to suggestions for how to discuss abuse and neglect with parents.

PCAN – Challenging Behaviors in Infants and Toddlers, Module 8 (ECE)

This training provides participants with the opportunity to reflect on their own beliefs and feelings regarding challenging behavior, to learn more about some of the antecedents of challenging behavior, and to practice discussing such challenges with parents in an effective and supportive manner.

PCAN – Relationship-Based and Reflective Organizations, Module 9 (SA & ECE)

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect engages the school-age child care community in helping to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect of children and youth. This session for directors, will explore how and why leaders utilize reflective and relationship-based principles in the child care environment. Opportunities to discuss and practice reflective and relationship-based hiring strategies and supervisory techniques are introduced in this session, as is a three-step problem-solving model for use with staff.

PCAN – Supporting Staff in Their Work with Parents, Module 10 (SA & ECE)

This training addresses the supervisor’s role in creating an organizational plan to respond to suspected abuse or neglect. Issues discussed include: supporting staff members in their efforts to prevent abuse and neglect, assessing the readiness of one’s program to report suspected abuse, developing procedures to respond to suspected abuse/neglect, and discussing concerns about abuse and neglect with parents.

PCAN – Building a Healthy Brain (ECE)

This session provides an introduction to the anatomy and functions of the brain for young children. There is a strong emphasis on translating research to practice, with many opportunities for participants to discuss how the information presented applies to their work with families and supporting resiliency.

PCAN – Understanding and Responding to Abuse and Neglect of Infants and Toddlers (ECE)

Defines child abuse and neglect, discusses its prevalence among infants and toddlers, highlights the risk factors for abuse and neglect, and discusses the impact that maltreatment can have on a very young child’s development.