About the Webinar Series

Research describes temperament as emerging dispositions that appear early in life and are related to activity, the expression of emotions, attention, and self-regulation.  As a young infant develops, interactions among genetic, biological, and environmental factors influence emerging temperament dispositions or tendencies.  In studying this research, we identified five general temperament tendencies.  Although temperament tendencies are present at birth, they are not set in stone.  As children grow, these tendencies are altered by early experience and influenced by emerging developmental competencies.  The two 90-minute webinars introduce new PITC videos and training materials to explore: 

  • The concept of temperament
  • Five research-based temperament tendencies
  • Caregiving strategies that are responsive to the different temperament tendencies and support children's expansion of their social and emotional skillsets

Presenter: Peter Mangione

April 14 and 21, 2020


Peter MangionePeter L. Mangione is Co-Director of WestEd's Center for Child & Family Studies. He provides leadership in the development of comprehensive professional learning resources for infant and toddler care teachers and the evaluation of early childhood programs and services. His contributions have helped make the Program for Infant/Toddler Care a national model for training early childhood practitioners.

Mangione has worked extensively in the fields of child development, early childhood education, family support services, public policy, and research and evaluation. He has led the creation of early learning and development standards and curriculum, infant/toddler and preschool program guidelines, resources for supporting young dual language learners, and early childhood educator competencies. He is one of the principal collaborators in the development the California Department of Education’s Desired Results Developmental Profile. Mangione has served on advisory groups for the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the government of Singapore, and ZERO TO THREE, and participated in meetings conducted by the National Academy of Sciences.

Mangione received a BA in psychology from Oakland University and an MS and PhD in education and human development from the University of Rochester. In addition, he studied at the Merrill-Palmer Institute for Child and Family Studies and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry in Munich, Germany, where he specialized in infant development.