Steps Toward Effective, Enjoyable Parenting (STEEP)

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About This Program

Target Population: First-time low-income mothers of children 0-23 months old

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 1

Brief Description

STEEP works on the premise that a secure attachment between parent and infant establishes ongoing patterns of healthy interactions. Through home visits and group sessions, STEEP facilitators work alongside parents to help them understand their child's development. Parents learn to respond sensitively and predictably to their child's needs and to make decisions that ensure a safe and supportive environment for the whole family.

Specific topics and strategies included in training:

  • Making relationship-based practice real, from recruitment to termination
  • Using videotaping and guided viewing to promote understanding, sensitivity, and responsiveness
  • Planning and leading parent-infant groups
  • Challenging and supporting parents in examining how their own relationship history influences attitudes and parenting behavior
  • Using an ecological approach to help reduce risk and maximize parents' support for themselves and their children
  • Using reflective supervision or consultation to sustain service providers and ensure effective service

Program Goals:

The overall goals of Steps toward Effective, Enjoyable Parenting (STEEP) are:

  • Improve parental knowledge and understanding of child’s behavior and development
  • Improve parental sensitivity and responsiveness to infant cues
  • Improve parental coping skills and decision-making related to life-planning for themselves and their child
  • Strengthen the family’s support network, including both formal and informal resources
  • Improve parents’ reflective capacity as it relates to how their relationship history influences their responses to their child

Contact Information

Martha Erickson, Ph.D. (retired)
Agency/Affiliation: University of Minnesota
Byron Egeland, Ph.D. (retired)
Agency/Affiliation: University of Minnesota
Agency/Affiliation: University of Minnesota
Department: Center for Early Education and Development
Phone: (612) 625-3058

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: February 2008