Child Health and Development…In the News

Check out the PBS Series “This Emotional Life”

This Emotional Life

Here is the segment on ATTACHMENT READ MORE

Early Experience Found Critical for Language Development

ScienceDaily (June 17, 2011) — We know that poor social and physical environments can harm young children’s cognitive and behavioral development, and that development often improves in better environments. Now a new study of children living in institutions has found that intervening early can help young children develop language… READ MORE


Preschoolers’ Language Development Is Partly Tied To Their Classmates’ Language Skills

ScienceDaily (May 18, 2009) — Young children learn how to speak and understand language from the words parents speak at home and teachers speak in preschool. A new longitudinal study has found that their preschool classmates also play a part…READ MORE

Home Learning Experiences Boost Low-Income Kids’ School Readiness

ScienceDaily (June 17, 2011) — Home learning experiences that are consistently supportive in the early years may boost low-income children’s readiness for school. READ MORE

Prolonged Breastfeeding May Be Linked to Fewer Behavior Problems

ScienceDaily (May 11, 2011) — Breastfeeding for four months or more is associated with fewer behavioural problems in children at age 5, an Oxford University study suggests.READ MORE

Growth, Hormonal Profiles Differ Between Breastfed, Formula-Fed Infants: Early Nutrition Has a Long-Term Metabolic Impact

ScienceDaily (May 2, 2011) — Nutrition during the first days or weeks of life may have long-term consequences on health, potentially via a phenomenon known as the metabolic programming effect READ MORE

Identifying Toddlers at Risk for Autism

ScienceDaily (June 5, 2011) — Parents and health care providers can’t always tell whether toddlers display signs of autism syndrome disorder (ASD), but new research from the University of Utah shows that a significant portion of at-risk children between 14-24 months can be identified through systematic screening by autism experts and providers working together…READ MORE

Parent Like a Cave Man??

New research suggests that our early hunter-gatherer ancestors raised happier, more compassionate kids—thanks to natural birth, extended breastfeeding, and co-sleeping. Should modern parents follow suit? READ MORE


Infant/Toddler Curriculum

This fall I am excited to be teaching ECE 139C Toddler [10-36 month] Curriculum Course

Here is my syllabus to REVIEW: ECE_139C_Curriculum_with_Toddlers pdf.

** Indicates REQUIRED READING for course

In preparing for this class I will be infusing and integrating the philosophies, guidelines and foundations of:

  • Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families

Zero to Three

  • California’s Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations; Program Guidelines; and NEW Curriculum Framework

Infant Toddler Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP)

Infant Toddler Learning & Development Foundations                                     

Infant Toddler Learning & Development Program Guidelines

Infant Toddler Curriculum Framework

  • PITC (WestEd Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers)

Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers

Discoveries of Infancy pdf.

  • High/Scope (Course Text– Tender Care and Early Learning: Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Child Care Setting by Jacalyn Post and Mary Hohmann)

High/Scope Educational Research Foundation

High/Scope® Infant and Toddler Key Experiences pdf.

  • CSEFEL Center for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (Infant/Toddler)

CSEFEL Infant/Toddler                                                                          

  • RIE [Resources for Infant Educarers]


RIE Philosophy pdf.

  • Montessori

Living Montessori Now (Infant/Toddler)


TEXT and Required Reading: Tender Care and Early Learning: Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Child Care Settings by Jacalyn Post & Mary Hohmann (High/Scope) **

Emergent Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers (NAEYC) **

Self Regulation (NAEYC) **

The Uniqueness of Infancy Demands a Responsive Approach to Care (NAEYC) **

ECE 139C Observation_Assignment docx.


Books I have found very useful in planning this course:

  • Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers–A Curriculum of Respectful, Responsive Care and Education (8th Ed. ) by Janet Gonzalez-Mena, and Dianne Widmeyer Eyer
  • Endless Opportunities for Infant and Toddler Curriculum: A Relationship-Based Approach by Sandra H. Petersen and Donna S. Wittmer
  • Infants and Toddlers: Curriculum and Teaching by Terri Jo Swim and Linda Watso
  • Being with Babies: Understanding and Responding to the Infants in Your Care by Beverly Kovach and Denise Da Ros-Voseles
  • Learning to Read the World: Language and Literacy in the First Three Years, Edited by Sharon E. Rosenkoetter & Joanne Knapp-Philo
  • Bambini: The Italian Approach to Infant/Toddler Care, Edited by Lella Gandini & Caroline Pope Edwards

Others I found to be helpful resources:

  • Working in the Reggio Way: A Beginner’s Guide for American Teachers by J. Wurm
  • Your Self-Confident Baby by Magda Gerber and A. Johnson
  • Babies in the Rain: Promoting Play, Exploration, and Discovery with Infants and Toddlers by J. Johnson
  • Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers by A Dombro, L. Coker. & D.T. Dodge
  • Simple Steps: Developmental Activities for Infants, Toddlers, and Two-Year Olds by Karen Miller
  • Toddlers Together: The Complete Planning Guide for a Toddler Curriculum by C. Catlin
  • Complete Learning Spaces Book for Infants and Toddlers by R. Isbell and C. Isbell
  • Complete Resource Book for Infants/ Book for Toddlers and Twos by P. Schiller
  • Beautiful Beginnings: A Developmental Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers by H. Raikes and J.M. Whitmer
  • The Comprehensive Infant Curriculum by K. Albrecht & L. Miller
  • Educating and Caring for Very Young Children: The Infant/Toddler Curriculum by D. Bergen, R.Reid, and L. Torelli
  • Infancy: Infant, Family & Society by A. Fogel

Resources on Infant/Toddler Development, Curriculum and “Educaring” (click to open page or download pdf.)

DEVELOPMENT: The following are Zero to Three handouts on the developmental stages of infancy:

0-3 Month Handout

3-6 Month Handout

6-9 Month Handout

9-12 Month Handout

12-15 Month Handout

15-18 Month Handout

24-30 Month Handout

18-24 Month Handout

24-30 Month Handout

30-36 Month Handout

The National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative @ ZERO TO THREE (NITCCI) is a project of the Office of Child Care. NITCCI works collaboratively with Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) administrators and other partners to advance system initiatives to improve the quality and supply of infant/toddler child care.

Infant/Toddler–Development, Screening and Assessment (NCCIC)

Relationships-The Heart of Development and Learning (NCCIC)

Infant/Toddler Curriculum & Individualization (NCCIC)

Infant:Toddler Early Learning Guidelines (NCCIC)

Program for Infant Toddler Caregiver (PITC).  See their site for more information and training materieals

The Science and Psychology of Infant-Toddler Care (PITC/ Zero to Three)

Temperament (PITC)

Think of Child–Understanding Behavior (PITC)

What do I do? Guidance and Discipline (PITC)

Preparing to Get in Tune–Responsive Caregiving (PITC)

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Infant Toddler Resources (NAEYC)

Visible Empathy of Infants and Toddlers (NAEYC)

Easing the Separation Process for Infants, Toddlers and Families (NAEYC)

What to Do for a Fussy Baby– A Problem-solving Approach (NAEYC)

Beyond Twinkle, Twinkle- Using Music with Infants & Toddlers (NAEYC)

Extending the Dance: Relationship-Based Approaches to Infant/Toddler Care and Education (University of Nebraska/NAEYC)

Supporting Breastfeeding In Your Program (NAEYC)

Early Childhood Research and Practice (ECRP):

Relationship Building: Infants, Toddlers, and 2-Year-Olds (ECRP)

Appreciating Diversity through Children\’s Stories and Language Development (ECRP)

Wondering with Children: The Importance of Observation in Early Education (ECRP)

Beginning the Journey: The Project Approach with Toddlers (ECRP)


Social and Emotional Development

The 3 A’s of Child Care (Delmar)

Play and Exploration for Infants and Toddlers (Saskatchewan Ministry of Education)


TPITOS (The Pyramid Infant Toddler Observation Scale