PITC Trainer Institute Application Information

Toddler at railing At the heart of the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) is a commitment to care for infants and toddlers that respects the differing cultures, lifestyles, preferences, abilities, learning styles, and needs of the children and families served. Therefore, PITC follows an approach that is responsive to what the infants and toddlers and their families bring to care and emphasizes relationship-based implementation strategies. The positions advocated by PITC are based on sound child development and family research. The goal of PITC is to help infant/toddler care teachers recognize the crucial importance of giving tender, loving care and assisting in the infants’ intellectual development through an attentive reading of each child’s cues.

The PITC Trainer Institutes are jointly conducted by the California Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division and WestEd’s Center for Child & Family Studies.

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Content of the PITC Trainer Institutes

Module I: Social-Emotional Growth and Socialization

Module II: Group Care

Module III: Learning and Development

Module IV: Culture, Family, and Providers

What is an Institute?

caregiver with two childremEach institute is one week long and consists of two modules, either Modules I & II or Modules III & IV. Modules III & IV may be taken prior to Modules I & II. However, the modules must be taken in pairs.

At the institute, participants attend workshops and interactive seminars taught by leading experts, including Ron Lally and Peter Mangione. The instituteprovides an opportunity for a comprehensive study of the PITC philosophy and recommended practices through the four modules. Each session focuses on how to improve the quality of care in your programs, communities, and state, as well as adult learning and teaching strategies. The institute includes time for networking opportunities and professional reflection. Study tours of a PITC California demonstration site to observe PITC in practice will be offered based on the centers availability.

Who May Apply

Individuals wishing to participate in PITC Trainer Institutes must currently:

Why Choose PITC?

Schedule of Institutes

PITC offers Trainer Institutes several times per year, alternating between Northern and Southern California, and East Coast locations. Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year. However, first consideration for acceptance will be given to applications received by the due date. Applications received after the due date will be considered if a last minute cancellation occurs.


The registration fee for each institute (two modules) is $3,400, which covers:

Single–occupancy rooms are available for an additional fee. Academic units and CEUs are available for a fee.

Information for California Residents

A very limited number of fellowships are available for returning participants only. Additional funding support may be available through the Quality Counts California Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS); contact your QRIS hub lead or county representative for information or email support@qualityca.net.

Certification Responsibilities of Participants

toddler with clayAll participants are encouraged to complete the certification requirements for all four modules in The Program for Infant/Toddler Care. The requirements include full participation in the training sessions of each module and the writing of certification papers covering the content of each module.

Activities that will support the participants in completing certification requirements include participating in the sessions of the modules; reading PITC caregiving guides, trainer’s manuals, and supplementary handouts; reviewing PITC videos; engaging in reflective writing tasks; and completing certification papers for each module.

Note: Only fully certified graduates are eligible to attend the PITC Graduate Conference.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Academic Units and Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Participants attending the PITC Training Institutes have the option of receiving:

All units are ECE extended education units from Sonoma State University. If you plan to use these units for college level academic coursework or toward other permit or license requirements, please check with your educational institution before submitting your registration form.

Please see chart below to decide if you would like to receive ECE academic units or ECE CEUs:

(3 undergraduate level units)
(45 hours of credit)
Complete academic unit registration form on-site. Complete CEUs registration form on-site.
Attend all sessions at the institute. Attend all sessions at the institute.
Complete certification papers for each module by due dates. Both papers must be graded as complete. No written assignment required. CEU credit does not count as academic credit and cannot count toward a degree.
Submit payment of $195 per institute with registration form. Submit payment of $100 per institute with registration form.

Applicant Review Procedure

WestEd, Center for Child & Family Studies will review and consider each completed application based on the review criteria listed below, and space availability.

Review Criteria

Applicant’s Title and Position:

Description of the applicant’s current position and role in training activities in the field of child development, specifically infant/toddler development and care. Priority is given to applicants who are currently providing infant/toddler training and to trainers nominated by their local Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) administrator.

Education/Professional Certification:

The applicant’s educational background, including credit hours in early childhood education and child development, CDA and other ECE/Child Development related certificates.

Past Professional Experience:

The quality and relevance of the applicant’s professional experiences in child development, with a focus on infant/toddler training activities the applicant has planned and conducted.

Interest and Intent to Provide Training:

Why the applicant wishes to participate; what the applicant hopes to learn from the training; how the applicant plans to utilize the training experience in the future; and what types of training experiences the applicant plans to conduct. Emphasis will be placed on applicant’s capacity to conduct future trainings.

Note: A significant part of the review process includes consideration of geographic diversity.

WestEd, Center for Child & Family Studies does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, or sexual orientation.

Contents of Online Application

baby playing with plastic eggsThe online application consists of five sections:

Education and Employment
Training Conducted
Statement of Interest to Participate


When to Submit Your Application

Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year. First consideration will be given to applications received by the due date. Applications received after the due date will be considered if a last minute cancellation occurs.

Group of Applicants

If you are coordinating submission of applications for a group of more than 5 people, please call Karla de Guzman at 415.289.2305 to discuss space availability and the application process for your group. Each person in the group must complete an individual application by the application due date to be considered. Please submit all individual applications for your group at the same time.

Cancellation Policy

Once enrolled, a $3,400 cancellation fee for participants will be charged if the cancellation occurs less than 30 days prior to the start of the institute. In addition, for cancellations less than 48 hours prior to the start of the institute, hotel cancellation charges may apply. NOTE: All cancellation fees are subject to change.

Notification of Application Status

boy toddler laughingOnce your application is received, WestEd will send you an email acknowledging the receipt of your application. If your application is received by the due date, you will be notified of your status at least two months prior to the institute date. Applicants accepted for the institute will receive an email notification to enroll. Qualified applicants who are waitlisted will be asked to update their application for participation in future institutes.


For questions regarding the content of the institute and who should attend, please contact Keiko Tahara, Program Coordinator, at ktahara@wested.org.

For questions about the application procedure, the status of your application, or if you did not receive written correspondence, please contact Karla de Guzman, Conference Coordinator, at kdeguzm@wested.org.

For questions regarding academic units or CEUs, please contact Karla Nygaard, Conference Coordinator, at knygaar@wested.org.

For additional questions, contact:

WestEd, Center for Child & Family Studies
180 Harbor Drive, Suite 112
Sausalito, CA 94965
Phone: 415.289.2300
Fax: 415.289.2301

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