Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Nedra Robinson

Second Reader

Janice Esau


infant and toddler child care


Changing the focus of infant and toddler care giving in child care centers to provide continuity of care giving during the first three years of life requires educators to have a deeper understanding of the unique needs of this age group and what sorts of structures and supports are necessary. As more and more very young children are being cared for in child care centers, it is critical that programs are adaptive to meet their needs.

This paper addresses the needs of infants and toddlers and their families that cannot be easily met in programs that are fashioned after programs for preschool aged children. It offers suggestions in transforming a program that practices transitioning children to another classroom or grouping to one which practices continuity of care giving that would keep children and teachers together during the first three years and lead to the most positive outcomes for children.

The ultimate goal of good caregiving for infants and toddlers is that they develop the skills and personal strengths to be happy, successful individuals. The practice of continuity of care can enhance a child's social-emotional development, his or her cognitive growth and allow for secure attachments that provide for the confidence and security for healthy risk taking that will enhance the child's future education experiences.


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