Trainer Institutes and Modules
Module I: Social-Emotional Growth and Socialization
Module I begins with an overview of the basic concepts of early social-emotional growth and socialization and their application to the group care context. An emphasis is placed on the development of a nurturing relationship between the infant and caregiver. The overview addresses the importance of responsive caregiving, the individualization of care through an understanding of infant temperament, the critical role of family and culture in early identity development, and stages of emotional development. The session closes with the showing of the DVD, Getting in Tune: Creating Nurturing Relationships with Infants and Toddlers, followed by question and answer with the training participants.
Module II: Group Care
This presentation introduces special considerations in caring for infants and toddlers and six program policies that support the development of emotionally secure relationships in the group care setting. An overview of the content of Module II explores the positive impact of responsive caregiving routines, well-designed learning environments, and individualized care on the well-being and development of children from birth to three. Attention is also given to how the policies of primary care, small groups, continuity of care, individualization of care, culturally responsive care, and inclusive care of children with special needs provide the foundation for high quality infant/toddler care. This session closes with the DVD Together in Care: Meeting the Intimacy Needs of Infants and Toddlers in Groups, which examines the program policies of primary care, small groups, and continuity of care.
Module III: Learning and Development
This session introduces Module III by giving an overview of brain development, early learning, and appropriate curriculum planning for infants and toddlers. Participants watch the DVD The Next Step: Including the Infant in the Curriculum, which presents four domains of the infant’s curriculum: physical development, social relationships, language development, and intellectual development. The PITC’s view of infants as active, self-motivated learners is explained. The perspective that is presented can be summed up in the following way: “All children are born wired for feelings and ready to learn” when provided nurturing relationships and a peaceful but engaging environment. In addition to focusing on the infant’s curriculum, the DVD illustrates three strategies that infant care teachers can use to support early learning: adapt, support practice and repetition, and expand learning.
Module IV: Culture, Family, and Providers
A panel of PITC faculty share personal experiences that inform their work and relate to their expertise in cultural sensitivity and competence. After introducing themselves and telling their personal stories, the panelists show the DVD Essential Connections: Ten Keys to Culturally Sensitive Child Care and respond to questions and comments from the participants. The DVD presents five keys that help infant/toddler care programs implement culturally responsive care and five keys infant care teachers can use to support their efforts to become more aware their own and others’ cultural perspectives as well as to work through cultural conflicts and misunderstandings.