Exploring Primary Caregiving and Continuity of Care
A PITC Training Session

Format: 3 hour session, 30-40 participants, reflection, small group problem solving, mini-lecture, large group discussion, video

This session explores more deeply two of the three recommended program policies—primary care and continuity of care—that are presented in the DVD Together in Care. Activities during this session encourage participants to reflect on the meaning of relationships in their lives and connect their feelings about relationships to the relationship experiences of infants and toddlers in group care. Attachment research is reviewed to support the PITC’s emphasis on primary relationships that continue over time. In a small group activity, participants develop strategies to address social, economic, and attitudinal barriers to implementing the policies of primary care and continuity.

Related Module(s):
II Group Care

Related Resources:

Article Continuity of Care
Article Creating Responsive, Reciprocal Relationships with Infants and Toddlers
Article Early Caregiver-Child Relationships Build the Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Article Enhancing Development and Learning through Teacher-Child Relationships
Article Primary Care
Article Promoting Continuity of Care in Infant/Toddler Settings: What Can State/Territory Leaders Do?
Article Responding to the Challenge of Providing Continuity of Care in Multi-Age Classrooms
Handout Assigning Primary Infant Care Teachers
Handout Handout II.3A Three Ways to Achieve Continuity of Care
Handout Handout II.3B Mixed-age or Same-age Grouping? It Depends!
Handout Implementation of Continuity of Care in Infant/Toddler Programs
Handout Linking the PITC Trainer Institute Sessions to Head Start Program Performance Standards and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
Handout Primary Infant Care Teacher
Handout Research Finding Summary
Handout Resource List
Handout Scenario
Handout Three Ways to Achieve Continuity
Manual Trainer's Manual Module II: Group Care, Second Edition
PowerPoint Exploring Primary Caregiving and Continuity of Care
DVD Together in Care: Meeting the Intimacy Needs of Infants and Toddlers in Groups
DVD Booklet Together in Care: Meeting the Intimacy Needs of Infants and Toddlers in Groups