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Relationship-Based Care Practices in Infant-Toddler Care

Course #: 02-562

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CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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Course Description

Course Description

Approximately half of all children under the age of three in the United States have a regular child care arrangement, and relationship-based care practices are a priority area for ensuring quality in infant and toddler early care and education settings. The purpose of this continuing education course, developed using information from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is to demonstrate how center-based settings can be structured to support the implementation of relationship-based care practices.  Considerations for implementing these practices are addressed as well as federal and state policies related to implementation.

Course Objectives

1. Identify the components of relationship-based practices and the policies, procedures, and practices that support families, teachers, and children as they build relationships with and among each other.

2. Discuss how relationship-based practices help build the foundation for brain development and help establish a base for later learning.

3. Summarize research findings pertaining to relationship-based care practices in early education settings.

4. Outline ways to implement primary caregiving and continuity of care practices in centers serving infants and toddlers.

5. Describe how federal and state programs can provide incentives, guidance, and strategies to encourage relationship-based care.

6. Consider ongoing challenges in access to and delivery of high-quality early care and education and methods to address these issues.


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