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Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers: Caregiving and Responsive Curriculum Development, 9th Edition

  • Terri Swim
  • ISBN-10: 1305501012
  • ISBN-13: 9781305501010
  • 528 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2011, 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

INFANTS AND TODDLERS: CAREGIVING AND RESPONSIVE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, 9th Edition, guides readers through the acquisition of skills necessary to provide high-quality care for infants and toddlers in any educational setting. This edition's new subtitle better reflects the book's goal of providing appropriate caregiving and educational techniques, as well as curriculum ideas, for infants and toddlers from birth to age three. Overviews of key child care philosophies as they relate to the child, the caregiver, and parent involvement are presented along with case studies and lesson plans that help students translate theory into practice.


  • Learning Objectives and professional early childhood standards relevant to each chapter appear at the beginning of each chapter, and a standards correlation chart, which provides an easily accessible glimpse of where standards are covered throughout the book, appears on the inside covers. In addition, Appendix B provides specific information about CDA Competency Goals and the NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation: Initial Licensure Programs.

  • "Spotlight" features highlight key research topics, professional child care organizations, and the personal experiences of child care professionals to enhance the book's real-world perspective. In the latter "Spotlight on Practice--Voices from the Field" features, which appear in Chapters 11–14, practicing teachers apply and reflect on concepts discussed in the chapter.

  • "Reading Checkpoints" within chapters improve comprehension by asking students to pause and consider what they have just read.

  • Revised case studies present real-life examples of the concepts and principles discussed.

  • A strong focus on special needs children is integrated throughout the text.

  • Appendix A provides developmental milestones for children from birth to 36 months for the four major areas of development, assisting caregivers in recording observations and assessing each child's current level of development.

About the Author

Terri Swim

Terri Jo Swim, Ph.D., is professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne (IPFW). She has taught in higher education institutions for nearly 20 years, and has worked in private child care centers, university-based laboratory infant/toddler and preschool programs, and summer camps with children ages birth to 13 years. She was also the co-editor of THE HOPE FOR AUDICITY: RECAPTURING OPTIMISM AND CIVILITY IN EDUCATION. Her current research interests include infant-toddler and preschool curriculum, Reggio Emilia, documentation, and teacher education.

Table of Contents

1. Taking a Developmental Perspective.
2. Physical and Cognitive/Language Development.
3. Social and Emotional Development.
4. Attachment and the Three A's.
5. Effective Preparation and Tools.
6. Building Relationships and Guiding Behaviors.
7. Supportive Communication with Families and Colleagues.
8. The Indoor and Outdoor Learning Environments.
9. Designing the Curriculum.
10. Early Intervention.
11. Teaching Children Birth to Twelve Months.
12. Teaching Children Twelve to Twenty-Four Months.
13. Teaching Children Twenty-Four to Thirty-Six Months.
14. Developmentally Appropriate Content.
Appendix A: Tools for Observing and Recording.
Appendix B: Standards for Infant/Toddler Caregivers.
Appendix C: Board Books.
Appendix D: Picture Books.

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  • *NEW* Chapter 10, "Early Intervention," takes an in-depth look at early intervention and highlights the importance of collaboration between family members, caregivers, and intervention specialists.
  • *NEW* Chapter 14, "Developmentally Appropriate Content," provides guidance on how to introduce older toddlers to the fine arts, science, mathematics, literacy, and social studies in a way that complements and heightens their curiosity.
  • *NEW* The chapters that discuss infant and toddler development have been combined to eliminate repetition of content. Birth to 12 months is covered in Chapter 11, "Teaching Children Twelve to Twenty-Four Months" is now Chapter 12, and "Teaching Children Twenty-Four to Thirty-Six Months" is now Chapter 13.
  • *NEW* Offering students concrete ideas for working with children, a Lesson Plan is provided at the end of each chapter. These professional resources can be digitally downloaded from the Professional Resource Download in MindTap® for Education.
  • *NEW* "Family and Community Connection" boxed feature assists readers in applying strategies for engaging family and community agencies in the care and education of young children.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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