Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Program Guidelines
This publication, Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Program Guidelines, presents information about how to provide high-quality early care and education, including recommendations for program policies and day-to-day practices that will improve program services to all
infants and toddlers (children from birth to thirty-six months of age). It contains vitally important information about early learning and development. With this publication the California Department of Education intends to provide a starting point for strengthening all programs that educate and care for infants and toddlers, including centers, family child care homes, and kith and kin care. The guidelines specifically address the concerns of program leaders, teachers, and family members. They also inform community organizations, policy-makers, business leaders, and others interested in improving the care and education of California’s youngest children.