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Teaching and Training in Child Care on Infant Mental Health: To Serve as the Basis of Endorsement for Infant Family Associate Candidates by Betty Ann Ablon, MS, IMH-E (IV) – View the Curriculum Table of Contents Here


“Teaching and Training In Child Care on Infant Mental Health” artfully makes available, to practitioners and their trainers, the wisdom of key infant development experts in a practical and very useful way. It delves deeply into the underlying social and emotional underpinnings of quality infant/toddler child care that is often missing in the training of child care providers.  

– Ronald Lally, Co-Director Program for Infant /Toddler Care- WestEd


-To help caregivers improve the difficult, demanding work they do in child care
-To provide training for caregivers who need a minimum of 30 hours of training in infant mental health in order to be eligible to earn endorsement as an Infant Family Associates
-To fill a gap, as training specifically focused on infant mental health is not widely available in child care

-A reference for training in infant mental health (emphasis: brain development, attachment, separation, temperament, and sensory integration)
-A supplement to training material a trainer already uses
-An invaluable tool for an experienced trainer who has trained on other aspects of infant/ toddler development but for whom infant mental health is a new way of understanding infants and toddlers
-A way of connecting to current practices in child care (with the hope of changing those practices) to what brain development and attachment research teaches us

Cost (includes hand-out CD): $50
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My Favorite Activities: Developmental Time for Baby by Patty Miller, MS, CCLS, IMH-E (IV)

Based on her years working with babies in the newborn nursery and nicu; 14 Essential activities that baby should do every day for optimal development.  This is a great way to key into essential positions, movements and specific stimulation activities that are critical for babies birth to six months. Darling photos show you exactly how each activity is done.

Cost (Available in English and Spanish): $3.25

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New Picture (3)Sensational Beginnings: Sensory and Motor Activities for Infants and Toddlers by Marilyn Bitsis & Margaret Schafer

Sensational Beginnings is full of sensory and motor activities for infants and toddlers up to 24 months old.  There are photos to complement many of the activities and at the end of each age section, there is a chart on which to document the skill executed.

Cost: $20
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The Abuela Series
by Betty Ann Ablon, MSW, IMH-E (IV)

The Abuela series, an innovative approach to helping parents understand infant and toddler development, is a practical help for all families. The lessons, written in both Spanish and English, are a welcome gift for infant and toddler families and all those who serve and care for them. While the writing has a warm tone and engaging informality, it is nonetheless based on the latest research and best practices.

Cost: $16
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