Program for Infant Toddler Care
FSA follows the Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) principals and guidelines to provide the highest quality education and care for the children enrolled in our programs. PITC is part of the West Ed, California Department of Education foundational programs for preschools birth through kindergarten. 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.”
- 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
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 FSA Family and an investment in our future…the children we are privileged to serve. Our teaching staff not only benefits with professional growth, but on-site training allows them to fully grasp the importance of understanding PITC “best practice”. Implementing the PITC Principles provide a vital foundation for offering the highest quality childcare at FSA.”
– Pamela Van Parys, Corporate ECE Program Director and PITC Certified Trainer