Parents Interacting With Infants (PIWI) in Nebraska

Abbie Gustad

Christen Million, M.S.

Parents Interacting With Infants (PIWI) is an evidenced-based set of practices based on a belief system (a “philosophy”) about families, children, and helping relationships. The objectives of PIWI are to increase confidence, competence, and positive relationships for parents and children ages 0-36 months. It does so by keeping the parent-child relationship at the center, and by supporting responsive, respectful parent-child interactions. The primary focus of PIWI is parent-child groups, but it may be used in home visitation and other settings. Join us to learn more about what PIWI is, how PIWI is being implemented across Nebraska, and how you can get involved.

Intended Audience

Parent educators, community stakeholder groups, Early childhood providers/advocates, and home visitors.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define Parents Interacting with Infants; identify Nebraska communities currently implementing PIWI;
  • Describe the effectiveness and benefits of PIWI;
  • Determine if PIWI would be a beneficial addition to their communities’ early childhood systems;
  • Develop steps to integrate PIWI into community early childhood systems if there is interest