PITC Spotlight Archive
Caring Relationships: The Heart of Early Brain Development
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 (http://www.naeyc.org/yc/article/caring-relationships-heart-early-brain-development)
Young Minds: The Important Role of Brain Science (http://www.naeyc.org/yc/currentissue).
Professional Expectations Without Professional Conditions
In this podcast, Ron Lally, Co-Director of the Center for Child and Family Studies at WestEd and Marcy Whitebook, Director of the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley, discuss Whitebook’s research on the infant/toddler workforce. They talk about the many negative impacts of persistently low wages and what they think should be done about it. The conversation takes place during the PITC Graduate conference in February 2016, celebrating 30 years of PITC.
Download the podcast (Length: 34 min 18 sec)
Research study: Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Early Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study (Whitebook, Phillips & Howes, 2014) www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce/2014/report-worthy-work-still-unlivable-wages/
The Social Womb Video
Written and narrated by J. Ronald Lally, this 6-minute video depicts the need for babies, once born, to be cared for in a “social womb” that provides the nurturance, protection, and enrichment essential to the healthy development of their still-growing brains. Lally presents three key policy recommendations for ensuring creation of this kind of supportive setting: paid leave, home visiting, and high-quality infant care. View the video
Additional information about the need for a social womb is available in Lally's book, For Our Babies: Ending the Invisible Neglect of America's Infants, available from WestEd and also in The Social Womb, a paper that is downloadable for free on forourbabies.org.
ECE Competencies Videos
The California Department of Education/Early Education & Support Division ( CDE / EESD ) has announced that the California Early Childhood Educator ( ECE ) Competencies Video Series is now available on the CDE Web site. This 13-video series begins with an introductory video that gives an overview of the ECE Competencies publication. That publication describes the competencies that allow California’s early childhood professionals to provide high-quality early care and education (children birth to kindergarten entry).
Each of the remaining 12 videos explores a competency area through comments and insights from content experts and examples from practice. A good number of the content experts specialize in the area of infant/toddler development, learning, and care. Several of them are PITC faculty members. The examples from practice provide a nice mix of images from infant/toddler care and preschool settings. The videos can be accessed online through the following link: www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/ececomps.asp
NAEYC Professional Development Conference Presentation
Presentation by Ron Lally, June 11, 2013. Download Powerpoint.
McCormick Center Presentation on Relationships with Infants
Presentation by Ron Lally, May 17, 2013. Download Powerpoint.
For Our Babies: Ending the Invisible Neglect of America's Infants
PITC Study Statement
Statement Addressing Recently Released US Department of Education Study of PITC.
Download the statement (PDF)
First Things First
A Message from Ron Lally
Concepts for Care: 20 Essays on Infant/Toddler Development and Learning
In commemoration of PITC's 20th anniversary, WestEd is pleased to announce the publication of "Concepts for Care: 20 Essays on Infant/Toddler Development and Learning". Leading experts in infant/toddler development have contributed succinct essays drawn from research, theory, clinical case studies, and carefully documented practice. Each essay represents current thinking in the field of infant/toddler development and care. Individually and as a collection, the essays provide a springboard for reflection, discussion, and further exploration, especially for infant/toddler professionals seeking to enhance their programs and for students in the early care and education field. View the Essays
PITC 20th Anniversary Celebration
The Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC), a collaboration between WestEd and the California Department of Education, celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a PITC Graduate Conference, an Anniversary Gala, and National Symposium. The event, which took place October 3 - 5, 2006 in San Francisco, brought together infant care practitioners, policy makers, and researchers for the year's premiere education and networking event. Speakers included Jack O'Connell and Michael Jett (California Department of Education), Glen Harvey and Deanna Winn (WestEd), Lynn Woolsey and Pete Stark (U.S. House of Representatives), Ross Thompson (UC Davis), Lella Gandini (Reggio Emilia), Ed Zigler (Yale University), Tammy Mann (ZERO TO THREE), Alicia Lieberman (UCSF), and Todd Risley (University of Alaska). For more information about the event, please visit www.wested.org/2020vision.
East Coast PITC Trainer Institute
In response to requests from the field, PITC is pleased to announce the east coast PITC Trainer Institute! July 23 - 28, 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland Module I: Social-Emotional Growth and Sociazliation Module II: Group Care Applications are due May 5, 2006
PITC Demonstration Programs: VIRTUAL TOURS!
Take a virtual tour through five California community college children's centers that are implementing the PITC approach to infant/toddler care. Read about the unique journey that each has traveled to become a PITC Demonstration Program and peruse a variety of photos that show high quality infant/toddler care in practice. Take the Tours >
Dr. J. Ronald Lally: Webcast
This PITC Spotlight is on Dr. J. Ronald Lally's recent Closing Plenary at the 8th Annual Birth to Three Institute, February 12, 2004 in Baltimore, MD:
California Community College Seminars
Special Seminar on Infants and Toddlers: Implementing PITC at Community Colleges The California Department of Education and WestEd are accepting applications for participation in an exciting new experience for California Community College Teams of infant/toddler faculty and campus infant/toddler center staff. The seminar will provide an opportunity to learn about the PITC instructional materials, philosophy and content and how they can be used in your work. more details and applications>>
A delegation from The Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers recently returned from an exciting and unique opportunity in Reggio Emilia, Italy. For the first time ever, Reggio Children conducted a weeklong infant/toddler focused intensive in Reggio Emilia. The program included working with the Reggio Emilia staff to learn about the philosophy, environmental arrangements, program policies, and planning and documentation strategies of the Reggio Emilia infant/toddler programs. We visited their infant/toddler centers and engaged in discussion with parents, teachers and other members of the community.