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Infant and Toddler Development and Responsive Program Planning: A Relationship-Based Approach, 4th edition

  • Donna S. Wittmer
  • Sandy Petersen

Published by Pearson (January 11th 2017) - Copyright © 2018

4th edition


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In this comprehensive, applied text, readers see why the study of infants and toddlers is important, why a relationship-based model is important for infant-toddler professionals to use, and what infant and toddler development looks like from pre-birth through age 36 months. Included is information on the theories of infant-toddler development, the role of families and how to engage them in learning and development, and program planning using a relationship-based model. A major focus of the book is on the importance of families’ and teachers’ relationships and responsiveness in interactions with children. Research-based and yet highly accessible and motivating, the book offers a view of infants and toddlers that respects their capacities and brings compassion to their vulnerabilities, while providing a perspective and voice for teachers, family child care providers, and home visitors to bring to positive and powerful interactions with infants, toddlers, and their families. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded videos, check your understanding quizzes, and observation invitations.


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Table of contents

1. The Importance of the Infant and Toddler Years and a Relationship­-Based Approach

2. Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families

3. Understanding and Using Theories

4. The Power of Observation: Learning About Infants and Toddlers

5. Genetics and Prenatal Development

6. Emotional Development and Learning

7. Social Development and Learning with Peers

8. Cognitive Development and Learning

9. Language Development and Learning

10. Motor Development and Learning

11. Responsive Programs: Quality, Health, Safety, and Nutrition

12. Creating a Relationship­ Based Curriculum

13. Routines, Environments, and Opportunities: Day to Day the Relationship Way

14. Respect, Reflect, and Relate: The 3 R Approach to Guidance

15. Including Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities in Infant and Toddler Programs

16. The Infant­/Toddler Professional

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