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Circle of Security™

Secure Attachment Parenting Program

“Intimate attachments to other human beings are the hub around which a person’s life revolves, not only as an infant or a toddler or a schoolchild but throughout adolescence and years of maturity as well, and on into old age. From these intimate attachments a person draws strength and enjoyment of life and, through what he contributes, gives strength and enjoyment to others. These are matters about which current science and traditional wisdom are at one.”
~John Bowlby

A secure attachment between child and parents or caregiver is critical to a child’s current and future well being. The Circle of Security® Parenting Program helps improve the developmental pathway of children through their parents and helps parents to observe and improve their caregiving skills. Parents discover new ways to help their children connect and grow.

Circle of Security Parenting™ (COSP) is an 8-chapter parenting program based on years of research about how to build strong attachment relationships between parent and child. It is designed to help parents learn how to respond to their child’s needs in a way that enhances the attachment between parent and child. It helps parents give their children a feeling of security and confidence so they can explore, learn, grow and build positive relationships; all essential skills for life-long success.

Circle of Security Parenting™ has been more relevant than ever in supporting communities in meeting children’s emotional needs as they faced stressful circumstances including COVID-19 pandemic.

Lucy Daniels Center provides workshops for parents and caregivers to help them build strategies and develop tools to manage their own stress, respond positively to the needs of children and create and strengthen strong parent-child attachments and bonds. Lucy Daniels Center staff also provides training for teachers to support them in using Circle of Security in their classrooms in order to help children organize their feelings and verbalize emotions and be “in tune” with children as they look for more ways to do more “time in.”

Getting Started

Circle of Security Parenting Groups are planned for Spring/Summer 2021. Groups will take place via Zoom.

If you would like to receive group announcement notifications, please submit your information using the form below.


“I’ve learned to listen to my children’s behavior. And to basically follow them.
I joined because I needed guidance
when it comes to understanding different ways to parent”

— Circle of Security Parent


Circle of Security is partially funded by a generous grant from Duke Endowment.

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