Infant/toddler caregivers are often portrayed as undereducated and unprofessional. The same is true for family child caregivers. In this piece, the author describes an approach that takes a different point of view – assuming competence and knowledge - and building on the existing experiences of the people working with infants, toddlers and their families. The philosophy behind the professional development experience is delineated. The voices of the caregivers, instructors, and coaches who participated in this program are highlighted.

Author Biography

Margie Brickley

Margie Brickley is the director of the Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention Program at Bank Street College of Education. She teaches courses in development and assessment as well as advising graduate students in fieldwork. She has worked with infants, toddlers and families in child care and early intervention programs. Margie designed the professional development program described in the article.



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