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PITC Infant/Toddler Caregiving Guides

Important Notice: Programs Moved to CDSS

While the California Department of Education continues to operate the California State Preschool Program, the Early Childhood Development Act of 2020 (Senate Bill (SB) 98, Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020) authorized the transfer of many childcare programs from the California Department of Education to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) effective July 1, 2021. The content on this page may include programs that have moved to CDSS. For additional assistance you can either visit the CDSS Child Care Transition web page External link opens in new window or tab. or call 1-833-559-2420 for more information.

The Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) Caregiving Guides offer in-depth articles, essays, and practical exercises related to caring for infants and toddlers.

The guides can be purchased in English and Spanish from CDE Press by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-995-4099, or by ordering through the CDE Press Educational Resources Online Ordering External link opens in new window or tab. web page.

Cognitive Development and Learning

Creating Partnerships with Families

Social Emotional Growth and Socialization

Culturally Sensitive Care

  • Infant/Toddler Caregiving: A Guide to Culturally Sensitive Care (Second Edition) (PDF; 3MB)
    Information and perspectives on the influence of culture and language on children's development, including practical ideas on how to create collaborative relationships with families from diverse cultural backgrounds and connections between the home and early care setting.
    El cuidado del niño de cero a tres años en grupo: Una guía para el cuidado infantil culturalmente sensible (segunda edición) (PDF; 5MB)
    Spanish translation of Infant/Toddler Caregiving: A Guide to Culturally Sensitive Care (Second Edition)

  • A Guide to Language Development and Communication (Second Edition)
    Latest research findings about the role of a family's culture in the child's development of communication, including a discussion of how parents and teachers can build a foundation for literacy in infants and toddlers.

  • A Guide to Routines (Second Edition)
    Presents caregiving routines as opportunities for caregivers to build a close personal relationship with each child while attending to the child's physical, emotional, and other developmental needs.

  • A Guide to Setting Up Environments (Second Edition)
    Tested ideas for setting up a child care environment that fosters early learning and is safe and healthful, including updated resources, sample layouts of exemplary child care settings, and ways to accommodate children with disabilities or special needs.

Questions:   Early Learning and Care Division| | 916-322-6233
Last Reviewed: Friday, June 18, 2021
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