Module IV: Sessions

Introduction to Module IV: Essential Connections: Ten Keys to Culturally Sensitive Child Care
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. more >>

Harmonizing Cultural Diversity for Sensitive Infant Care
Through viewing and discussing DVDs, personal reflection, and large and small group discussions, participants explore their cultural expectations and biases and have an opportunity to learn about alternative perspectives and realities through the cultural lenses and experiences of others. This type of exploration is designed to help participants increase their capacity for becoming culturally aware and responsive to families with children in infant/toddler care. more >>

Responding to Families in Culturally Sensitive Ways
This session helps participants increase their awareness of their own cultural assumptions and of how these assumptions may affect their interactions with families from cultures different from their own. Activities are designed to allow participants to explore in depth their own cultural roots. Building on the second five keys of the DVD Essential Connections, this session then focuses on developing culturally responsive relationships with families. more >>

Protective Urges: Parent-Care Teacher Relations
This session emphasizes the underlying emotional issues of infant care and their impact on the relationships between parents and infant care teachers. The DVD Protective Urges is shown to present the major concepts this session addresses. Participants first explore the heightened emotions parents often feel when bringing their infants to an infant/toddler care program. In most cases, intense protective feelings or “protective urges” come naturally to parents. Session participants also examine the protective feelings and emotional responses that teachers experience when they care for infants. The DVD and session activities offer strategies that infant care teachers can use to ease parents’ concerns about using infant/toddler care, as well as steps that teachers can take to work through their own feelings about relating to parents when dealing with difficult issues. more >>

Acknowledge, Ask and Adapt
In this session, participants discuss scenarios that focus on learning to interact with families and handle culturally sensitive issues in responsive ways. Small groups analyze scenarios from the DVD Essential Connections and the print document Infant/Toddler Caregiving: A Guide to Culturally Responsive Care. In addition, there are opportunities for participants to engage in role-play activities to explore cultural issues that commonly occur in infant/toddler care. more >>

Responsive Home Visitation (Early Head Start Trainings Only)
Included in trainings to Early Head Start staff and other programs using home-based models to work with low-income families. This session addresses some of the issues faced by the home visitor when working with families in their own homes, with special emphasis on modeling and supporting the parent's responsiveness and bonding with the infant or toddler. more >>

Developing Your Plan for Training
In addition to the major content sessions, each module training institute concludes with a session that focuses on adult learning concepts and strategies as well as on building a community of learners. During this session, faculty work with participants to review the content and training strategies presented in each of the module’s sessions. Participants have an opportunity to clarify topics and discuss issues that they may encounter when they train with the PITC information and materials. Time is allotted for participants to work in small groups to begin creating lesson plans for their certification papers and for their use in training infant care teachers. more >>

PITC Certification Paper Guidelines, Academic Units and CDA Information
This session is offered once at each trainer institute and is required only for new participants. It presents information about the guidelines for completion of certification papers and provides an opportunity to answer questions about the PITC certification process. more >>