The Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC), developed collaboratively by WestEd and the California Department of Education, 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 education field. PITC is an integral part of the California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development System and has helped to establish California as a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of care and education for young children.
The Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) promotes responsive, caring relationships for infants and toddlers.
Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) is the most widely used training system for infant and toddler caregivers in the country. PITC conducts Trainer Institutes, Home Visiting Institutes, Academies for Infant/Toddler Program Directors, Webinars, PITC Regional Support Network on-line and on-site training and coaching for early care teachers.
As part of the launch of Early Head Start (EHS), PITC was called upon to provide a series of trainings to all EHS programs in the first four start-up waves, later in 2011–12 PITC trained the new programs funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expansion, and more recently in 2015 the programs funded throught the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grant. PITC has continued to train many EHS program staff since then. In addition, WestEd has presented PITC in other counties such as Australia, China, Italy, New Zealand, and Singapore
The following describes a sample of related projects of PITC.
PITC Trainer Institutes
The Program for Infant/Toddler Care conducts Trainer Institutes, which are offered to educators, program managers, and other professionals responsible for training infant/toddler care teachers.
These intensive sessions help trainers deepen their understanding of each module’s content and acquire skills in the integrated presentation of the concepts in the PITC videos and guides. Upon completing the certification requirements, participants receive a certificate of completion from WestEd and the California Department of Education that recognizes them as trainers for the specific module in which they received training
Training is available out of state and internationally by special arrangement.
The PITC Curriculum
Enhancing the relationship-based, responsive approach to early care promoted by the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC), new PITC Curriculum planning tools and strategies support the efforts of family care providers and center-based teachers to facilitate high-quality individualized learning and healthy development for children from 0-3.
Unique to the PITC Curriculum is a planning process based on reflection, observation, and documentation of play and learning that respects each child’s developing abilities, individual strengths and needs, family culture(s), and language(s). This planning process helps teachers deepen understanding, share meaning, support learning, and strengthen meaningful, caring relationships with infants and toddlers. The PITC Curriculum Implementation Training is also available.
PITC Regional Support Network
PITC Regional Support Network provides training (both on-site and online), coaching, and quality improvement planning support for center-based and family child care programs serving children ages birth to three. The California Department of Education provides funds that support services for California programs.
One to three semester credits are available for eligible training participants; these college credits are partially subsidized for California training participants. Customized PITC PQ services are also available on a for-fee basis, both within and outside of California.
Funded by the California Department of Education, Beginning Together serves as Module V of the PITC training system, ensuring that the certified trainers in WestEd’s Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) have the information and understanding they need to promote quality inclusive practices for infants and toddlers with disabilities or other special needs.
PITC Approach to Home Visiting
The Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) prepares home visitors to support parents in ensuring that their infants get a safe, healthy, emotionally secure and intellectually rich start in life. The PITC approach to home visiting integrates best practices in home visiting with the latest knowledge in child development.
[do action=”quotation” quotetext=”Our caregivers were good, but PITC has taken them over the top.” quotecredit=”-Joel Gordon, Director, PITC Demonstration Program, Santa Rosa Junior College”]