Current PITC Spotlight

Caring Relationships: The Heart of Early Brain Development

Ron Lally and Peter Mangione

In their latest article, Caring Relationships: The Heart of Early Brain Development, Ron Lally and Peter Mangione describe the ways in which early experiences in relationships set the stage for later brain functioning. Specifically, Lally and Mangione, describe caregiving strategies that align with the developing brain during the three stages of infancy.

This article is available online as complimentary content in the current issue of Young Children March 2017- Vol. 72, No. 2 (

Young Minds: The Important Role of Brain Science (

PITC Demonstration Program - Request for Applications

Release Date: March 16, 2018 - WestEd, The Center for Child and Family Studies (CCFS) in collaboration with the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division (CDE/EESD) is pleased to announce the availability of funds to develop a demonstration program for the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) on a California Community College (CCC) campus in one of the following counties; Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Tuolumne, Mariposa, and Fresno. Click here for the complete RFA.