Recorded on May 20, 2021
This recorded session is the second in a series of online conversations, Providing Culturally Responsive and Individualized Infant and Toddler Care, that highlights both scholarly and practitioner perspectives on the importance of providing culturally responsive and individualized infant and toddler care. Led by Peter Mangione, Senior Director of Early Childhood Strategic Initiatives at WestEd, guest speakers and PITC staff share their perspectives from the lens of both research and program practice.
The conversations focus on a range of topics including:
- Creating inclusive infant and toddler care settings
- Promoting early language development and communication for dual language learners
- Promoting responsive relationships and learning in-home- and center-based settings
- Supporting family child-care providers
This archived session features Senta Greene, Founder and CEO of Full Circle Consulting Systems, Inc., an international consulting firm specializing in the science of child and adolescent development, transformational leadership, community, and family engagement. Greene celebrates a distinguished career of 28 years in education. She has a deep commitment to inspiring educators, school leaders, and policymakers to serve all children and their families with exceptional aptitude, excellence, and dedication. Greene is a frequent writer, speaker, and advisor on cultural humility, inclusive education, family engagement, transformational leadership, and reflective practice. She has testified before the United States Congress and has been recognized at the state, national, and international levels with awards for excellence in teaching and service. Her work has stimulated innovative curriculum designs in early childhood education, groundbreaking policy development in special education, and systems change in the United States, Austria, Finland, and Jamaica. Greene has served in the role of teacher, home visitor, early intervention specialist, inclusion specialist, college instructor, consultant, administrator, and master trainer. She was also one of the original members of the Early Head Start National Think Tank and a former Disabilities and Infant-Toddler Specialist for Region IX.
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At the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC), we consider a relationship-based approach to caring for infants and toddlers essential. PITC believes responsive, respectful care in a relationship is key for supporting early learning, rather than developing lessons for infants to master. Adults who implement the PITC approach find ways to allow for, expand, adapt, and encourage infants’ efforts to pursue their inborn learning agenda.
To support implementation of PITC, we provide professional development and resources to the early childhood education community. PITC promotes relationship-based care through six essential program policies: Primary Care, Small Groups, Continuity of Care, Individualized Care, Culturally Responsive Care, and Inclusive Care. Learn more at pitc.org.