Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) experts will participate at the 2021 First 1,000 Days Early Head Start Virtual Conference, August 2–4. PITC’s Amber Morabito and Diane Harkins will present a live two-hour learning lab centered on implementing an individualized and responsive infant/toddler curriculum in a home environment.
Region 9 Head Start gathers annually to challenge, enable, and celebrate the work of early childhood professionals around the country. This year’s theme — Nurturing You, Nurturing Them — speaks to the balance between the work practitioners do with families and the foundational work needed to develop themselves and their agencies during these unprecedented times.
Attend this engaging lab session and be sure to visit us in the WestEd virtual exhibit hall to learn about PITC resources and services, and the recently published PITC Curriculum (excerpts will be available).
Date: Tuesday, August 3
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lab Session: Implementing Individualized and Responsive Infant/Toddler Curriculum in the Home Environment
Participants attending this session will learn about implementing Infant-Toddler Curriculum, specifically in Family Child Care and Family, Friend, and Neighbor care. Attendees will explore 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). The presenters will also discuss strategies for supporting mixed age groups through daily routines, interactions, and learning environments.
- Amber O. Morabito, PITC Regional Coordinator, WestEd
- Diane M. Harkins, Senior Program Associate, WestEd
Morabito and Harkins served as coauthors of the new PITC Infant/Toddler Curriculum.
The PITC Curriculum
Enhancing the relationship-based, responsive approach to early care promoted by the 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). Visit the PITC Curriculum resource page to learn more, purchase the curriculum, and request related training.
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 research-based training materials and strategies for the early education field. PITC is an integral part of the California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development System. It has helped establish California as a national leader to improve young children’s quality of care and education. Visit PITC.org to learn more.