Circle of Security Classroom Approach

Strong, Kind, and Committed: Supporting Early Care Educators in being “Hands” for children in their care

COSC Approach

Early Care Educators are important attachment figures in the lives of the children they care for and teach. The COSC Approach takes educators through an 8-chapter reflection based-program, rooted in the Circle of Security Parenting model, to assist them in understanding the emotional needs all children have. Secure attachment promotes learning.

COSC Approach is a two-tiered approach to support secure relationships in the classroom by first equipping educators with professional learning opportunities and then, by coaching them in applying the Circle of Security concepts in the classroom.

The COSC Approach is one way North Carolina is choosing to provide needed professional support to its Early Childhood workforce, while at the same time improving foundational relationships for its young children and their families.

COSC Approach Facilitator Training

Completing Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator training is the first step for all aspiring COSC Approach facilitators. It provides the foundation for deeply understanding the Circle and every child’s attachment needs. To learn more, visit Circle of Security International’s COSP Facilitator Training. Partial scholarship funding is available from the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas (PCC) for in-person NC trainings. Learn more about current opportunities at PCC’s COSP training page.

After becoming a Registered COSP Facilitator and implementing several COSP groups, a facilitator is eligible to become a COSC Approach Facilitator. The COSP Classroom Facilitator training course is an online, self-paced course. This course is Tier 1 of the two tired COSC Approach Facilitator and Coach training track. To learn more about current offerings please visit COSC Approach Facilitator Training.

Circles of Support for COSC Approach Facilitators

As the number of COSC Approach facilitators is growing, North Carolina is increasing its capacity to support them with a virtual reflection group each month. Thanks to funding from the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas, this implementation support is free of charge to any COSC Approach facilitator across the state. For more information, please complete this NC COSC Approach facilitator contact information form or email Asata Virgo at

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