Janet Gonzalez-Mena


Early Childhood Consultant

Janet Gonzalez-Mena is a writer, consultant in early childhood education, and former community college instructor with experience as an early childhood education practitioner.

Gonzalez-Mena is author of the PITC caregiver guide on Routines and several college textbooks on early childhood education. She co-authored two articles with Initisar Shareef, one about their experience of doing PITC training for Exchange magazine and one about cultural perspectives on discipline for the NAEYC journal Young Children.

Gonzalez-Mena obtained a MA Degree in human development from Pacific Oaks and did an internship under Magda Gerber at the Childrenís Health Council in Palo Alto, California. More recently she has been studying the Pikler approach to infant toddler care and has visited the Pikler Institute in Budapest several times. Infants have been an important part of Janetís life, having raised five children of her own and having studied the field of infant-toddler caregiving for the last thirty years.