Trust is having the belief that someone or something is reliable. It means having feelings of security, certainty, and confidence in the reliability, cooperativeness, and helpfulness of someone or something. This entry provides an overview of trust and how it relates to early childhood education.


There are three types of trust: (1) Relational trust is having trust in a specific person, (2) generalized trust means trusting people in general, and (3) abstract trust is having trust in systems or abstract entities. The successful building of a trusting relationship between two people leads to the formation of relational trust. Over time, one-on-one trustful relationships result in feelings that are generalized to trusting others. The third type of trust results from a person’s experiences with societal systems, such ...

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