Members of our FSA education and executive team have been engaged in The Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) on-site training offered through Fresno State. PITC is part of the West Ed, California Department of Education foundational programs for preschools birth through kindergarten.
PITC Mission Statement
The Program for Infant/Toddler Care seeks to ensure that America’s infants get a safe, healthy, emotionally secure and intellectually rich start in life. Its three-pronged mission is to
- increase the availability and quality of child care for all children under age three;
- disseminate information that increases the practice of responsive, respectful and relationship based infant toddler care; and
- influence national, regional and local policies and practices so that the needs and interests of individual infants, toddlers, and their families are the foundation for all curriculum development and program activity.
It is our goal at FSA to create an environment that is as close to home as possible for our children allowing them to explore, learn, and play while nurturing their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth.
Following PITC principles allow our teachers, families and their infants and toddlers to develop strong relationships that foster a working partnership for the best individual interaction, education, and care for each child.
“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.”
This level of training will benefit our FSA children as they are exposed to PITC principles including:
- Small Group Size
- Primary Care
- Continuity of Care
- Relationship Based /Individualized Learning & Care
- Family Partnerships and Cultural Continuity
- Inclusion of Children with Special Needs
- PITC in Action
FSA will be implementing PITC principals and guidelines to provide the highest quality education and care for the children enrolled in our programs.
Through extensive communication with each child’s parent (s), our FSA STEAM Team will consider the child’s routine and schedule, identify any special needs, and place the child in a small classroom/care environment with the objective of offering continuity of care. This ideal environment allows for stability within the care environment without introducing chaotic change in the primary care team during this instrumental time in the child’s first five years of development. In addition, maintaining a “family” dynamic in the classroom allows children to grow with their primary caregiver while establishing realistic social scenarios. Older children can lead younger children in the group while younger children can learn from their older peers. To, further, encourage “learning through play” concepts, the classrooms have been arranged for flexibility with specific areas to grow with the children’s evolving skills and interests.
“Our partnership with PITC is an amazing opportunity for our teaching staff to fully grasp the importance of understanding “best practice” and implementing the PITC Principles. Offering the trainings on site allows our teaching staff to continue their education, which is not only vital to any professionals’ growth as a teacher but also vital to the continuing quality offered at FSA. I am proud that many of our teaching staff, as well as administrators, are eager to come to trainings after a long day of work!”
– Pamela Van Parys, Corporate ECE Program Director and PITC Certified Trainer
FSA’s investment in PITC training and certification is an investment in our teachers, families, community, and our future…the cherished children we are privileged to serve.