Stage of Change Approach

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“As a mentor working with child care providers, it was difficult to help many providers make program changes…the Stage of Change Scale helped me understand where the provider was coming from and what I needed to do to help her improve. That saved me a lot of time and frustration.”

Child care mentor

Make your work with parents and early educators even more effective

Resistance to change can be as constant as change itself. Children's Institute can help you support change in attitudes and behaviors using a person-centered approach to meet learners where they are, while recognizing that resistance may be in the educator as well as in the learner.

The Stage of Change Approach to Professional Development is a model that addresses personal and organizational change by offering strategies matched to the learner’s stage of “readiness to change.” The Stage of Change Approach incorporates cutting-edge theory and research, drawing on the Transtheoretical Model of Change, Self-Determination Theory, and Attachment Theory, and using proven communication models such as Motivational Interviewing, Nonviolent Communication, and group processes.

Resources for applying the Stage of Change Approach in your work:

Additional consultation and training:

  • Consultation with organizations that support parents and early educators
  • Stage of Change Approach training: $550 per participant (excluding any Children's Institute staff travel, which is billed at cost, not to exceed NYS-standard). 6 to 10 participants required.*

*If registered participants are less than the identified minimum, or greater than the identified maximum, Children’s Institute reserves the right to reschedule the training event to mutually acceptable date(s).



For further information on Stage of Change Scale training and consulation, contact:
kavery [at] (Kim Avery, MS)
Early Care and Education Specialist