Partners for Quality

Services

In partnership with the California Department of Education, PITC Partners for Quality (PQ) provides subsidized training in California funded by federal child care and development monies earmarked for infant/toddler program capacity building. Funds are limited and are distributed based on the number of infants and toddlers in each county.

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Fee-based Services

Partners for Quality services are also available for a fee to programs outside California or California programs that are not able to access subsidized training.

Semester units are available for all courses below through California State University Fresno's Division of Continuing and Global Education. Coaching services linked to the courses below are also available to support the implementation of the training content into daily caregiving practices.

  Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations and Program Guidelines: 1-Unit Course

This course provides an overview of California's Infant/Toddler Learning and Development System and is intended for infant/todder care teachers, family child care providers, and infant/toddler program administrators. This course will focus on two major publications by the California Department of Education, Early Education & Support Division: the California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations, and the California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Program Guidelines. The course will cover content from both publications.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify the five components of the California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development System.
  • Identify and articulate ways to use the related print materials and DVDs for two of the components of the California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development System: The Infant/Toddler Program Guidelines and the Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations to support partnerships with families, staff development, and other programmatic continuous improvement efforts.
  • Recognize and describe some of the knowledge/skills that are developing between birth and 36 months.
  • Articulate the importance, characteristics, and benefits of high quality infant/toddler care.
  • Identify the curriculum planning process as it is described in the CA Infant/Toddler Learning and Development System materials.
  • Reflect on their child care program's strengths and identify areas for growth and create an action plan for continuous improvement.

  PITC Infant/Toddler Group Care: 3-Unit Course

This course focuses on the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) approach to infant/toddler care and, addresses specifically, how to support healthy social emotional development and learning in group care settings. The course includes an exploration of the different temperament types; stages of social emotional development; development of self-esteem, security and social competence; socialization and guidance, and program policies that best support the healthy social emotional development; learning, culture and families. The course also covers early brain development and learning; discoveries of infancy; culture; partnerships with families; and working with children with special needs.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Increase knowledge and understanding of a child's emotional and social development
  • Learn ways to best meet the social emotional needs of infants and toddlers in group care
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of how children learn and best ways to facilitate their learning
  • Learn about the importance of culture and families

  Infant/Toddler Reflective Curriculum Planning Process: 1-Unit Course

This course is about the Infant/Toddler Reflective Curriculum Planning Process and is intended for infant/todder care teachers, family child care providers, and infant/toddler program administrators. This course will focus on observation, documentation, reflection and implementation.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the curriculum planning process.
  • Describe their understanding of how to make and use observations of children in a reflective way to inform their curriculum planning process.
  • Provide an example of how to make learning visible through documentation of children's learning.
  • Demonstrate how to implement the curriculum planning process through successful completion of the course project.

  Infant/Toddler Language Development: 2-Unit Course

This course focuses on facilitating and supporting language development and communication with infants and toddlers, using the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) approach to group care. It is intended for infant/todder care teachers, family child care providers, and infant/toddler program administrators.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Describe the stages of infant/toddler language development.
  • Explain the role care teachers play in infant/toddler language development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between language and cognitive development.
  • Develop strategies for setting up a language-rich environment for infants/toddlers.
  • Develop strategies to work with families in supporting children's home language.

Training for Home Visitors

The PITC PQ Home Visiting Training emphasizes the importance of nurturing responsive relationships in the healthy development of infants. The information presented in the training assists the home visitor in how to best support the important relationship between the parent and the child as well as ways to individualize care for each child and parent. The training includes resource materials and DVDs for parents, activities to be conducted and modeled by the home visitor, and activities to be conducted by the parent after the home visitor is gone.

For Early Head Start home visitors, the focus is on deepening the relationship between the parent and child. The training will provide support for socialization events, incorporating the parentís desires for their child. Training may include a brief presentation on any topic of interest that strengthens the parent/child relationship, and parents will have opportunities to exchange ideas and put activities into practice.

Program Start Up-Consultation

In order to support agencies such as Early Head Start in opening or expanding services to include new infant/toddler programs, Partners for Quality offers a start-up consultation. This consultation can be any combination of training and/or mentoring.

Generally these services include support in the following areas but are not limited to these topics: