Required Core Knowledge for the Credential:
Individuals completing the educational requirements should have:
- Knowledge of children pre birth to 3 years of age in the areas of:
- Physical maturation;
- Cognitive and language development;
- Social emotional development; and
- The impact of early experiences.
2. Knowledge relating to the diverse perspectives of:
- The family;
- Parent/child/community/school systems; and
- Various approaches to parent involvement.
3. The rationale for and implementation of developmentally appropriate practices in the education of infants and toddlers including:
- Techniques of informal and formal assessments;
- Strategies for working with infants and toddlers with special needs; and
- The process for evaluating infant/toddler programs.
- Planning, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate curriculum through:
- The facilitation of play; and
- Design of appropriate learning environments to meet the needs of infants and toddlers.
4. Using individual and group guidance and problem solving techniques to:
- Develop positive and supportive relationships with children and adults;
- Encourage positive social interaction among children and adults;
- Promote positive strategies of conflict resolution; and
- Develop personal self-control, self-motivation, and self- esteem in infants and toddlers.
5. Knowledge of the cultural contexts for children’s growth, development, and learning including:
- Learning styles;
- Cultural values;
- Race; and ethnicity.
6. Articulating rational for and implementation of best practices relating to infants’ and toddlers’ healthy development including:
- Disease prevention;
- Special health care adaptations; and
Paths to the Credential:
- A three or more credit course in infant toddler development which meets all competencies and includes a laboratory or other experiential component; or
- Infant Toddler CDA; or
- Completion of in all four PITC Trainer Institute modules; or
- DFS training offered during 1999 and 2000; or
- Wheelock College Advanced Seminar in Infant Care; or
- Other training approved by DFS; or
- WestEd training.
Individuals must complete the demonstration requirement unless the individual completed option 1, 2 or 3 above.
Individuals who have completed options 4 through 7 but did not submit a video to UW prior to May 2004 to meet the demonstration requirement, may complete this requirement by :
- Attending an intensive WestEd training offered by Child Care Finder which includes the approved demonstration requirements (Note: this applies only to intensive workshops offered after August 1, 2004); or
- Attending the STARS approved demonstration trainings offered by a local certified trainer or a Licensing Specialist.
To meet the educational requirement through West Ed training, the individual must complete and be awarded STARS hours for one of the following options:
- An intensive WestEd training offered by Child Care Finder which includes the required demonstration (STARS # 823); or
- Completion of two hours in each of the following WestEd topic areas:
- Social-Emotional Milestones (STARS # 3200)
- Temperament (STARS # 3199)
- Guidance and Discipline (STARS # 3197)
- Understanding Children’s Behavior (STARS # 3198)
- Individualized Care and Small Groups (STARS # 3204)
- Environments for Group Care (STARS # 3202)
- Primary Caregiving (STARS # 3201)
- Routines (STARS # 3203)
- Demo #1 (STARS # 3283)
- Brain Development in Infancy (STARS # )
- Discoveries of Infancy (STARS # )
- Special Needs (STARS # )
- Language Communication and Culture (STARS # )
- Protective Urges (STARS # )
- Cultural Diversity for Sensitive Infant Care (STARS # )
- Responding to Families in Culturally Sensitive Ways (STARS # )
- Acknowledge, Ask and Adapt
- Demo #2 (STARS # 3284)