Working with Infants and Toddlers

The earliest years are all about relationships. Infants and toddlers crave and develop attachments to the special people in their lives. Depending on how parents, early childhood educators, and others treat them, babies also develop expectations about people and themselves.

Good teachers understand typical development from birth through age 3. Knowing how the youngest children learn and develop helps professionals closely attune to individual children and their families—in all their variety.


Explore the following resources to learn about how to best support the growth of infants and toddlers within the context of their families.  



There are a number of programs that serve infants and toddlers and their families.  To learn about the qualifications for each type of program, view the links below.  

Training and Education

To qualify to work with infants and toddlers, training or college courses specializing in infant and toddler development is necessary.  Explore the links below to learn about training available.  See your local community college or university to obtain college units in infant and toddler development.