Introduction to Module I: The Philosophical Foundations of Module I
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 care teacher. 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. more >>

Guidance and Discipline with Infants and Toddlers in Group Care
This session includes an exploration of the roots of socialization and Selma Freiberg’s concept of developmental equipment. The concepts of prevention and intervention are explored as well as specific guidance techniques appropriate for infants and toddlers at different stages of development. DVD and print materials are presented, and participants engage in reflection with partners, small group discussion, and group problem-solving activities. more >>

Understanding Children's Behavior: Supporting the Individual Needs of Infants and Toddlers
The session focuses on recognizing and understanding individual and developmental issues underlying the emotional messages and behavior of infants and toddlers in group care. Concepts and training strategies for helping care teachers understand and respond appropriately to infants and toddlers are introduced. Materials are discussed that are designed to assist with recognizing the possible reasons for children’s behaviors and identifying strategies appropriate for working with different behaviors. more >>

Temperament: A Practical Approach to Meeting Individual Needs
This session uses a variety of interactive learning activities to introduce the concept of temperament and its dimensions. The temperament tendencies of infants and toddlers will be explored. Participants will discover and examine the influence of temperament on their relationships with infants and toddlers. Goodness-of-fit, along with cultural perspectives on temperament will be discussed as central to caring for young infants and toddlers in group care. Participants will analyze videos to understand what various temperament tendencies look like and engage in group discussion to deepen their understanding of strategies that are responsive to children with different temperament tendencies in group care. more >>

Social-Emotional Milestones, Responsive Caregiving, and Identity
This session examines how an understanding of three stages of infancy (birth to around 8 months, around 8 months to around 18 months, and around 18 months to 36 months) helps adults attune their nurturance of infants and toddlers. The developmental themes of security, exploration, and identity play a role during each age period, with security being central during the first period, exploration during the second period, and identity during the third period. Different factors that influence responsive care are considered, including an understanding of child development, sensitivity to the family and culture of each child, self-reflection, and observation and careful reading of children’s cues. The session closes with active exploration how adults can effectively engage in a responsive “back-and-forth” dance in their relationships with infants and toddlers. 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 >>

Module I: Sessions