PITC Spotlight Archive

Posted: August 13, 2018

PITC Demonstration Program - Request for Applications

Release Date: August 13, 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.

Posted: 5/5/17

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 (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).

Posted: 03/28/2016

Professional Expectations Without Professional Conditions

Ron Lally

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/

Posted: 11/12/2014

The Social Womb Video

Ron Lally

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.

Posted: 07/02/2014

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

Posted: 06/12/2013

NAEYC Professional Development Conference Presentation


Presentation by Ron Lally, June 11, 2013. Download Powerpoint.

Posted: 05/20/2013

McCormick Center Presentation on Relationships with Infants


Presentation by Ron Lally, May 17, 2013. Download Powerpoint.

Posted: 05/07/2013

For Our Babies: Ending the Invisible Neglect of America's Infants

For Our Babies

New book by early childhood expert J. Ronald Lally is a call to action against the invisible neglect of babies. The book shares the hopes, worries, and frustrations of American parents, who receive little support for their children or themselves as parents. In addition, the book provides crucial testimony from developmental psychologists, child care providers, health and mental health professionals, economists, specialists in brain development, and early learning educators.

Learn more about this publication.


PITC Study Statement

Ron Lally and Peter Mangione

Statement Addressing Recently Released US Department of Education Study of PITC.

Download the statement (PDF)

Posted: 12/12/2011

First Things First

Ron Lally, author of 'First Things First'

First Things First (PDF)

Since the start of the "For Our Babies" campaign, many people have asked me why should America alter its funding priorities during this very challenging economic time to spend more money on babies. Why babies before others?

The answer is a simple one. Based on what we continue to learn about the developing brain from conception to age 3, we know that without paying attention to infants whatever we do later with children and adults either builds on or compensates for a weak foundation.

To continue reading, download the article (PDF).

Posted: 01/19/2011

A Message from Ron Lally

Ron Lally, author of 'Reduce the Deficit, Strengthen the Economy, and Reform Education by Supporting

Reduce the Deficit, Strengthen the Economy, and Reform Education by Supporting Early Development (PDF)

As Congress sits down to write the budget for both 2011 and 2012 it is looking for ways to both reduce the deficit and increase the effectiveness of dollars spent on education. High-quality early childhood services should be seen as a significant part of their plan. Fifty years of solid research has documented these services as the most economically viable approach to building better students and productive citizens.

To continue reading, download the article (PDF).

Posted: 12/9/2006

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

Posted: 8/16/2006 by Cathy

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.

Posted: 10/31/2005

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

Posted: Spring 2004

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 >

Posted: Winter 2004

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:

"Our Stories About Children Influence Our Practice"
Click here to view the webcast of Dr. Lally's presentation. For more information on other plenary sessions at the institute please go to the Early Head Start National Resource Center Web site at: www.ehsnrc.org

Posted: Summer 2003

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>>

Posted: Spring 2003



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.

Teachers from Reggio Emilia, Italy with Ron Lally
Teachers from Reggio Emilia, Italy with Ron Lally
This intensive was set up exclusively for PITC participants who had attended all four modules, and PITC faculty and staff. Reggio Children was established in 1994 in response to the growing international interest in the schools, the many proposals for international projects and the number of requests for information, resources and visits. In addition to our visit to Reggio Emilia, we were thrilled to provide the opportunity for 50 participants to spend two days visiting the infant/toddler programs in Pistoia, Italy. For many years, Pistoia's infant programs have been considered as some of the best in Europe. We had the opportunity to spend two mornings in the centers and two afternoons in seminars to discuss, among other things, Pistoia's comprehensive planning and documentation approach.