The Program for Infant and Toddler Care (PITC) of Iowa approach equates good care with training infant/toddler providers who are preparing themselves and the environment so that infants can learn. For care to be effective it must explore ways to help providers get "in tune" with each infant they serve and their individual needs.

Training Credit

  • 10 hours credit per module

Training Audience

  • Child Care Centers (CCC) and preschools
  • Child Development Homes (CDH)

DHS Training Registry

  • Iowa’s Child Care Provider Training Registry is an online tool where child care professionals can locate and enroll in DHS-approved professional development. The approved training opportunities can be accessed by visiting the DHS Training Registry.

Training Narrative

Module I - Social-Emotional Growth and Socialization

This five lesson series will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of developing positive relationships with young children, as well as identifying the temperaments that contribute to that relationship. Additionally, providers will gain knowledge about responsive care giving, key developmental issues behind the behaviors of infants/toddlers and guidance/discipline strategies.

Supporting Resources

The Philosophical Foundations of Module 1

Guidance and Discipline with Infants and Toddlers in Group Care

Supporting the Individual Needs of Infants and Toddlers


Social Emotional Milestones, Responsive Caregiving and Identity


Module II - Group Care

This five lesson series will allow participants to gain an understanding about how routine care is the curriculum of a child, as well as the importance of a primary care system. Furthermore, caregivers will identify key components of environments in child care homes and center setting and how they affect relationships.

Supporting Resources

Environments for Group Care

More than Just Routine

Making It Happen: Small Groups and Individualized Care

Exploring Primary Caregiving and Continuity of Care

Respectful Care


Module III - Learning & Development

This five lesson series will allow participants to  gain an understanding about infant curriculum and how to effectively facilitate learning urges. Additionally, key components of brain development and adapting to special needs will be discussed.

Supporting Resources

Facilitating Learning in Infants

Brain Development in Infancts and Toddlers

Discoveries of Infancy

Special Needs

Language Development - Communication & Culture


Module IV - Culture, Family and Providers

This five lesson series will allow participants to gain an understanding about how families, cultures and personal views affect a caregiving relationship. Caregivers will identify personal protective urges and develop strategies to effectively work with families

Supporting Resources

Ten Keys to Culturally Sensitive Care

Harmonizing Cultural Diversity for Sensitive Infant Care

Responding to Families in Culturally Sensitive Ways

Protective Urges: Parent-Care Teacher Relations

Acknowledge, Ask and Adapt


Module V-  Beginning Together

This five lesson series will allow participants to gain an understanding about the Americans for Disability Act and how it affects child care   programs. Additionally, they will learn the skills needed to effectively plan and implement strategies to optimize the special need care of infants and toddlers.





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