The virtual and on-site training and coaching, conducted by experienced PITC certified infant/toddler specialists, is tailored to the individual needs of each participating program and includes a comprehensive series of videos and active adult learning strategies. Trainers mentor and coach program staff on implementing the PITC philosophy and essential policies to promote high quality responsive, relationship-based infant and toddler care.
Semester units are available for all courses below through California State University Fresno's Division of Continuing and Global Education. Coaching services linked to the courses below are also available to support the implementation of the training content into daily caregiving practices.
Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations and Program Guidelines: 1-Unit Course
This course provides an overview of California's Infant/Toddler Learning and Development System and is intended for infant/toddler care teachers, family child care providers, and infant/toddler program administrators. This course will focus on two major publications by the California Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division: the California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations, and the California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Program Guidelines. The course will cover content from both publications.
PITC Infant & Toddler Group Care: 3-Unit Course
This course focuses on the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) approach to infant/toddler care and addresses specifically how to support healthy social-emotional development and learning in group care settings. The course includes an exploration of the different temperament types; stages of social-emotional development; development of self-esteem, security and social competence; socialization and guidance, and program policies that best support the healthy social-emotional development; learning, culture and families. The course also covers early brain development and learning; discoveries of infancy; culture; partnerships with families; and working with children with special needs.
Infant/Toddler Reflective Curriculum Planning Process: 1-Unit Course
This course is about the Infant/Toddler Reflective Curriculum Planning Process and is intended for infant/toddler care teachers, family child care providers, and infant/toddler program administrators. This course will focus on observation, documentation, reflection and implementation.
Infant/Toddler Language Development: 2-Unit Course
This course focuses on facilitating and supporting language development and communication with infants and toddlers, using the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) approach to group care. It is intended for infant/toddler care teachers, family child care providers, and infant/toddler program administrators.
The California Infant/Toddler Curriculum Framework: Theory to Practice: 2-Unit Course
This course is about the Infant/Toddler Reflective Curriculum Planning Process as described in the California Infant/Toddler Curriculum Framework. The framework is based on current research on how infants and toddlers learn and develop in four domains: social-emotional, language, cognitive and perceptual and motor development. The content focuses on reflection, observation strategies and tools, documentation strategies and tools, planning and implementation of a reflective curriculum to support children’s learning from birth to age three.