Early Intervention Clearinghouse

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse

The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Clearinghouse identifies and collects research-based and best-practice early intervention information to share with families. Questions?...Just Ask

Resource GuidesSeparation Anxiety and Attachment in Infants and Toddlers


Everyday Goodbyes: Starting School and Early Care: A Guide to the Separation Process
Nancy Balaban
Teachers College Press, 2006
Call Number: LB 1132 .B171e 2006
OCLC Number & catalog link: 61353159
In this book, Balaban helps parents and teachers understand why children can take time to adjust to separation and what they can do to ease transitions.

Touchpoints Birth to Three: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development
T. Berry Brazelton
Da Capo, 2006
Call Number: WS 105 .B827bir 2006
OCLC Number & catalog link: 84025879
This text offers parents advice on numerous topics related to emotional and behavioral development in infants and toddlers.


Attachment Relationships: Nurturing Healthy Bonds
29-minute DVD
Learning Seed, 2010
Call Number: WS 105.5 .F2 .A883 2010
OCLC Number & catalog link: 611597251
This video follows the process of a child forming healthy attachments from birth to age 2. 

A Place of Our Own: Early Childhood Solutions—Behavior and Emotions
111-minute DVD
PBS, 2008
Call Number: WS 113 .P697 2008
OCLC Number & catalog link: 234239783
This series explores how parents and caregivers can better support the social and emotional development of young children and addresses separation anxiety.

Web Resources

Separation Anxiety Article from the Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic Web site provides a summary of the causes of separation anxiety and what parents can do to ease this feeling in children.

Separation Anxiety: When Your Child Doesn’t Want You to Leave
This pamphlet from the University of Pittsburgh provides tips on how parents can navigate their child’s separation anxiety. 



Easing the Separation Process for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. Nancy Balaban. (2006). Young Children, 61(1), 14-20.
This article provides an overview of attachment theory and how it relates to separation anxiety, bonding, and development.

Development: Ages & Stages—Helping Children Manage Fears. Carla Poole, Susan A. Miller, & Ellen Booth Church. (2004). Early Childhood Today, 19(3), 33-35.
This article presents ways that parents can help children at different ages and stages to manage their fears, including separation.

Peekaboo Power: To Ease Separation and Build Secure Relationships. Joanne M. Szamreta. (2003). Young Children, 58(1), 88-94.
This article describes how peekaboo games can be used with toddlers and in play-group settings to support development and autonomy.


Who we are...

The Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse is operated by the Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative at the University of Illinois. The EI Clearinghouse is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Program provides a collection of services for families of children from birth to age 3 who have disabilities or developmental delays or who are at risk of having developmental delays. Families are the key to successful early intervention. Our mission is to provide families with the information they need to support their children's growth and development.


The EI Clearinghouse Web site provides families with access to an extensive early intervention library collection of books, videos, and journals. Some materials are available in Spanish as well as English.

The Web site also contains a newsletter for parents and links to other early intervention information intended for families.

EI professionals: We provide a list of videos approved for CEU credit as well as our library collection. Visit the Web sites of Provider Connections, the statewide network of (Child and Family Connections) CFC offices, and the Illinois EI Training Program.

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Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative
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Champaign, IL 61820-7469

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