Beautiful Beginnings: A Developmental Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers / Edition 1

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Developed by two respected research consultants for Early Head Start, this extensive curriculum takes a joyful activity-based approach to enhancing the development of infants and toddlers. Professionals and parents will get more than 350 photocopiable, easy-to-use activity sheets divided into six age ranges between birth to three years that build on each child's natural strengths and interests, recognize and expand on emerging developments, and encourage progress in areas of concern.
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Editorial Reviews

Director and Principal Investigator, Project EAGLE Community Programs University of Kansas Medical Center - Martha Staker
"Raises the bar by defining how early educators can structure intentional experiences for infants and toddlers."
Director, The Bryan Community Student/Child Learning Center, Lincoln, Nebraska - Monica Asher
"A welcome addition to our student/parent program. The activities foster positive learning interaction between parent and child."
Professor Emerita of Child Development, Syracuse University - Alice Sterling Honig
"A useful source of specific activity ideas for caregivers and parents . . . always reminds the caregiver how important it is to stay close, observe, and interact in responsive, gentle ways with an infant."
University of Nebraska, Lincoln - Carolyn Pope Edwards
"A versatile curriculum . . . readily understood and carried out by parents, home visitors, and center-based providers."
Lecturer, Ruth Staples Child Development Lab, University of Nebraska, Lincoln - Julie Jones-Branch
"A comprehensive curriculum that gives value to the learning process from birth . . . support[s] parents and educators in their quest to enhance children's learning potential."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557668202
  • Publisher: Brookes Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 1,013,097
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen H. Raikes, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She received her doctorate in child development from Iowa State University. Previously, she has had teaching positions at the University of California, Davis, and at Iowa State University. Among other foci, she has maintained a career-long interest in secure base relationships for infants and toddlers and first created an attachment-based model while Director of Infant Toddler Programs and Director of Research at the SRI/Saint Elizabeth and Gallup Organization Child Development Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was also a Society for Research in Child Development Executive Policy Fellow at the Administration on Children, Youth and Families at the time the Early Head Start program began and co-directed the national research for that program. Today, her work focuses on programs for children in poverty, with special emphases on infants and toddlers, children at greatest risk, and optimal timing of intervention as it relates to developmental trajectories, school readiness, and later success, as well as on innovative continuous program improvement efforts using research and evaluation. She is a board member of the Nebraska Early Childhood Endowment Board, the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, and the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation and is a member of the National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation.

Ms. Whitmer is an educator and early intervention and prevention specialist. She holds master's degrees in educational and administration and human development and the family. Ms. Whitmer has taught children of every age, has served as an elementary school administrator, and has traveled extensively to provide training and technical assistance for Early Head Start and Head Start Programs. Today she works primarily with parents and teachers, consulting on a variety of early childhood topics. In addition to curricula, a topic she is particularly passionate about is teacher development and renewal in the area of early childhood education.

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