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ERIC Number: EJ992258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Babies (and Their Families) on Board! Directors Juggle the Key Elements of Infant/Toddler Care and Education
McMullen, Mary Benson; Apple, Peggy
Young Children, v67 n4 p42-48 Sep 2012
Early childhood programs with infants and toddlers are bustling and alive in ways different from programs that have only preschoolers. Infants and toddlers can make group care environments more caring and family focused spaces, nurturing the well-being of all adults and children participating in the program. The number of infants and toddlers who spend their days in group care in either center or family child care settings in the United States continues to grow. Directors of early childhood programs that opened their doors to infants and toddlers and their families speak of added challenges and responsibilities for administrators, balanced with unique joys and benefits. In this article the authors speak to directors of programs already serving infants and toddlers and their families and those who may be thinking about adding them to existing group care settings. Very young children, birth to age 3, have care and education needs different from and more specialized than those of preschoolers, age 3 to 5. The authors describe practices, such as family-centered early childhood environments and policies, and individualized, sensitively responsive practices, that are beneficial to all young children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States