The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce a statewide hosting for those interested in completing the Train the Trainer Institute’s Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC). Once a PITC graduate, an applicant will be qualified to train and support those working with infants and toddlers. Applications are due by August 20, 2019. The PITC dates will be September 15-20, 2019 and February 2-7, 2020 to be announced. Attending both weeks and completing the assignments are required to attain the trainer certification.
The Program for Infant and Toddler Care sessions are conducted jointly by the California Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division, and WestEd’s Center for Child & Family Studies. At the heart of PITC is a commitment to care for infants and toddlers that respects the differing cultures, lifestyles, preferences, abilities, learning styles, and needs of the children and families served. Therefore, PITC follows an approach that is responsive to what the infants and toddlers and their families bring to care and emphasizes relationship-based implementation strategies. The positions advocated by PITC are based on sound child development and family research. The goal of PITC is to help infant/toddler care teachers recognize the crucial importance of giving tender loving care and assisting in the infants’ intellectual development through an attentive reading of each child’s cues. Training activities include sessions with leading experts in infant development and care, and faculty from the California Department of Education Early Learning and Care Division, and WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies. In addition to covering major content areas, each Trainer Institute focuses on adult learning and teaching strategies.
The Trainer Institutes are designed for trainers of early childhood practitioners - specifically, infant/toddler care teachers. Participants include early childhood program directors, resource teachers, and site supervisors or educational coordinators as well as staff from child care resource and referral agencies who train family child care providers or infant/toddler care teachers in center-based programs. Attendees may also be community college, university, or college instructors who teach infant/toddler courses. In addition, independent trainers for infant/toddler care teachers or family child care providers will benefit from the course, along with those who work in high school vocational, parent and teen education, early intervention, and special needs programs.
• To apply for the attendance to the PITC Trainer Institute, applicants must:
• Be accepted into the PITC Academy, attend two one-week sessions in September 2019 and February 2020, complete the requirements of each module, and attain certification. This process should be finished in one year, but applicants will be allowed two years to complete the requirements.
• Dates: September 15-20, 2019 Renaissance Hotel, Montgomery Alabama and February 2-7, 2020 location to be determined
• Provide documentation to the Department on the progress of this work: for example, certificates of attendance and completion for each module, as well as the graduate certificate.
If you have any questions regarding the application process or requests for further information, please contact Tammy Gibson at (334) 202-1636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.