The Preschool Relationships Enhancement Project (PREP) is a large-scale intervention study based at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. The project explores how strong, sensitive, and supportive teacher-child relationships help children develop important school readiness skills.
The purpose of PREP is to examine an intervention called Banking Time. In Banking Time, teachers engage in brief interactions with a single child, conveying messages of sensitivity, predictability, encouragement, and support for exploration. We call the intervention Banking Time because teachers serve as a valuable resource to children and a teacher can invest in this relationship with a child. Teacher and children will later draw upon this relationship capital to help cope with and solve common classroom challenges (e.g., work on a frustrating task, deal with peer conflicts).
Our recent preliminary research shows that teachers who completed the Banking Time intervention with specific children in their classroom developed a more positive relationship with those children and that the children displayed fewer challenging classroom behaviors compared to teachers and children who did not participate in Banking Time.
For more information about this research, see our Research & Opportunities page.
Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning
Curry School of Education
University of Virginia
350 Old Ivy Way, Suite 100
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: 866-301-8278 ext. 1
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