Wheelock Alumna Writes Pathways to Positive Parenting

Pathways to Positive Parenting book cover

Dr. Jolene Christoff Pearson ’80MS has written Pathways to Positive Parenting, a resource for professionals who work with families of infants. The handbook is available online at Zero to Three Bookstore. With the tagline “Early connections last a lifetime,” Zero to Three is an organization with a mission to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from family and community connections, as such are critical to their well-being and development.

Pathways to Positive Parenting is a parent-educator’s guide to coaching and supporting new parents. The curriculum offers professionals innovative teaching techniques and practical, science-based, field-tested, and effective strategies that assist in the development of positive parenting skills. The book also addresses postpartum depression, tummy time, breastfeeding, Safe to Sleep, and coping with crying.

Dr. Pearson says Pathways to Positive Parenting is the result of her Wheelock College education with Dr. Linda Gilkerson as her adviser. Dr. Gilkerson placed her with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton at the Harvard Center for Research in Child Development. Dr. Pearson, now associate professor and director of early childhood service at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, says: “Being in a multi-disciplinary setting set in motion events that would impact a statewide program in Minnesota called Early Childhood Family Education and resulted in the need for a special guide for parent educators — who often had very little training or education about infants.”

Customer Reviews

Great resource for professionals who work with new parents

By Renee on Sept. 20, 2016

I had many opportunities to use Dr. Pearson’s original curriculum in my work as a family educator. I am very excited about this new and up-to-date resource she has published through Zero to Three. I have used the curriculum when doing postpartum hospital visits to new parents after the birth of their baby, teaching teen parents at an alternative high school, home visiting, and also when facilitating parent education and support groups for new parents. This valuable resource provides a framework and strategies that help the educator inform and support the new parent in the earliest months.

Highly recommended for anyone who works with parents of newborns

By Heather on Oct. 3, 2016

Dr. Pearson provides an accessible study of the latest research on essential topics for promoting positive parent-child interaction from the very beginning along with practical strategies for translating this information to parents. This is not just another book about infant development. It is also a facilitator’s guide, filled with well-developed teaching methods and activities, all designed to honor and support parents as developing beings along with their young infants.