ERIC Number: ED517806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: N/A
Infant & Toddler Programs: The Workforce
Child Care, Inc.
Children's earliest experiences set the stage for school success and adult productivity. In the first three years of life, the brain grows at breakneck speed, creating more than a trillion pathways for learning and development. By the age of three, 85 percent of the brain's capacity is in place, creating the ability to speak, learn, and reason. Early experiences also influence lifelong habits of learning and social behavior as well as the trajectory of emotional and physical growth. Parents are their children's first and primary teachers, but today half of all mothers are back on the job within a year of giving birth. Thus, many infants and toddlers now depend on other adult caregivers for their first lessons in everything from language to coping with frustration. National studies show that 39 percent of infants and toddlers spend more than 35 hours a week in care. Collectively, these changes represent an important next step in ensuring that all staff working with babies and toddlers have a basic understanding of child development, and health and safety, which is essential to promoting the healthy development of young children during the critical first three years of life.
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Child Caregivers, Caregiver Training, Employment Qualifications, Urban Areas
Child Care, Inc. 322 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10001. Tel: 212-929-7604; Fax: 212-929-5785; Web site: http://www.childcareinc.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: Child Care, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: New York