PITC Partners for Quality

Partners for Quality, a project of the Center for Child and Family Studies at WestEd in collaboration with the California Department of Education (CDE), was established to increase the supply and quality of infant/toddler child care and development services in California.

This project is funded by federal child care and development monies earmarked for infant/toddler capacity building.

Components of California’s groundbreaking endeavor include:

  • recruiting and training new and existing family child care and center-based infant/toddler providers;
  • developing an infrastructure at the local and regional levels to increase the supply and quality of services for children 0-3 with disabilities as well as typically developing children; and
  • creating an infrastructure to support training, coaching, and mentoring for family child care and center-based programs serving infants and toddlers.

The Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) at WestEd provides the core philosophy of care for very young children that guides these capacity- building endeavors.

Partners for Quality, a Regional Training Support Network that includes Regional Coordinators working in each of the state’s 11 regions and five PITC Demonstration Programs, provide direct support to California’s infant/toddler professionals.

The Regional Coordinators coordinate training in their respective regions on PITC Infant/Toddler Group Care and the California Infant/Toddler Learning & Development System (Foundations, Program Guidelines, and Curriculum Framework), as well as custom-designed services as requested. The Regional Coordinators support infant/toddler specialists in providing comprehensive training and coaching to centers and family child care homes serving children 0–3 and their families

Partners for Quality infant/toddler specialists are certified graduates of the PITC Trainers Institutes.

PITC Demonstration Programs are located within five community college campuses in various regions of California: Santa Rosa Junior College, Merced College, Grossmont Community College, Cabrillo Community College, and Glendale Community College.

A collaboration among WestEd, the California Community Colleges, and the California Department of Education, PITC provides demonstration sites where PITC Trainers Institute participants, early childhood education students, program managers, policymakers, and other visitors may observe the PITC philosophy of infant/toddler care in action.

More information about PITC Partners for Quality Program Services can be found at www.pitc.org/partnersforquality.