Elita Amini Virmani

Director of Training, Program for Infant/Toddler Care

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Elita Amini Virmani is the Director of Training for the nationally recognized Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) at WestEd's Center for Child & Family Studies. Developed collaboratively by WestEd and the California Department of Education, PITC is a comprehensive training system that promotes responsive, caring relationships for infants and toddlers, and employs evidence-based training materials and strategies for the early care and education field. As Director of Training for PITC, Amini Virmani leads high-quality training experiences for infant and early childhood professionals to support them in their aim to provide early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services. In her former role as Co-Director of the Parent Involvement Project, Amini Virmani partnered with state-funded preschool programs to support relational family engagement efforts. Prior to joining WestEd, Amini Virmani taught at San Francisco State University and West Valley College. She also conducted research studies focused on enhancing the quality of early childhood education and investigating influences of parent-child interactions on children's emotional development and social competence. Amini Virmani received intensive clinical training at the University of California, San Francisco Infant-Parent Program/Daycare Consultants, where she provided clinical services to low-income, multiethnic families and mental health consultation to child care program staff and parents of children with special needs. In 2016, Amini Virmani was recognized as an Exceptional Emerging Leader by the Exchange Child Care Magazine's Leadership Initiative. She has published articles in the Infant Mental Health Journal; Early Childhood Research Quarterly; Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment; and the Handbook of Cultural Developmental Science. Amini Virmani received an MS in child development and a PhD in human development from the University of California, Davis.