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Books for Creating Quality Care and Learning Environments for Infants, Toddlers, and Two-Year-Olds

November 29th, 2021 | 3 min. read

By Jaimee Council

Child-care environments as well as caregiver-child interactions play an extremely important role in the learning and development of infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds. In this list you will find a wealth of resources for creating quality learning environments, positive interactions, daily plans, and developmentally appropriate activities for our youngest learners so that they can play, grow, and thrive! Discover unique and interesting ways to transform ordinary objects, classrooms, and activities into engaging learning experiences for birth through two-year-olds.



Enticing Environments for People Under Three

Learn how to transform ordinary classrooms into inviting, interesting, and intriguing environments for all the people who inhabit them! Chock-full of colorful photographs from real-world infant and toddler settings, Enticing Environments for People Under Three offers fresh ideas and easy-to-implement strategies to create a well-planned, enticing environment that will profoundly influence cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and language development.

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The Complete Learning Spaces Book for Infants and Toddlers

54 Integrated Areas with Play Experiences

This book is designed to help busy teachers meet the challenge of creating an effective learning environment for very young children. It includes ideas for planning, using, and evaluating learning spaces that will captivate infants and toddlers and encourage the developmental process.

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The Best for Babies

Expert Advice for Assessing Infant-Toddler Programs

With examples and detailed explanations, The Best for Babies illuminates the behaviors and interactions that teachers or care providers should provide for the children in their care in order to promote the optimal development of very young children. This book also provides an easy-to-use checklist to assess each teacher-child interpersonal relationship and the ways caregivers offer learning and living experiences for young children.

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Being with Babies

Understanding and Responding to the Infants in Your Care

Being with Babies teaches caregivers how to handle everyday challenges while learning about developmental stages. Following the Resources for Infant Educators (RIE) approach and philosophy, the authors of this book demonstrate that from the day of birth, infants are unique individuals with a capacity to participate in relationships and interact with the people and objects in their environment.

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Teaching Infants, Toddlers, and Twos with Special Needs

Teaching Infants, Toddlers, and Twos with Special Needs is written for all teachers and directors who work with infants, toddlers, and twos, including special educators and educators working with typically developing children. This book specifically addresses the needs of children with developmental delays, as well as children at risk for developing special needs.

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Focus on Babies

How-tos and What-to-dos when Caring for Infants

Complete with tips for creating a developmentally appropriate environment and experiences that stimulate infants’ muscles and minds, Focus on Babies gives you the tools to craft a quality learning environment that’s as unique as the needs of the babies in your care.

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Focus on Toddlers

How-tos and What-to-dos when Caring for Toddlers and Twos

The elements of a quality learning environment are not the same for every age. The toddler years are unique, and what works for preschoolers does not always work with toddlers. In simple language, Focus on Toddlers explains how to structure a program where toddlers and two-year-olds can learn, play, and thrive.

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Family Child Care Basics

Advice, Activities, and Information to Create a Professional Program

From creating a healthy, safe environment for children to developing engaging activities that can be used to shape daily plans, Family Child Care Basics shows how to plan and implement a program where children will learn, play, and thrive.

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The Basics of Starting a Child-Care Business

The Basics of Starting a Child-Care Business, the first book in The Business of Child Care series, walks readers through each step of planning, developing, and launching their own child-care business. Regardless of the scale—joining an established franchise, creating an on-site center at your office, or hosting a program in your home—entrepreneurial expert Marnie Forestieri, CDA, will guide you from start to finish.

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The Basics of Leading a Child-Care Business

The Basics of Leading a Child-Care Business, the second book in The Business of Child Care series, explains how to develop and lead a high-quality program where children can play and learn in the care of a well-educated, committed, and trained workforce. 

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Making Toys for Infants and Toddlers

Using Ordinary Stuff for Extraordinary Play

This series is a teacher's dream as it will inspire you to look at everyday items in a whole new way! You'll find more creative ways to use a tube sock, milk carton, and other inexpensive things found around the house than you ever imagined. Create unique, exciting toys and props to help infant and toddlers learn in age appropriate ways.

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Author(s)Linda G. Miller, Mary Jo Gibbs, Marnie Forestieri, CDA, Jennifer Karnopp, Clarissa Willis, PhD, Beverly Kovach, Denise Da Ros-Voseles, Alice Sterling Honig, PhD, Rebecca Isbell, Christy Isbell, Laura Wilhelm

Jaimee Council

A graduate of Appalachian State University with B.S. in Communication - Electronic Media and Broadcasting, Jaimee Council served a content strategy team lead for Gryphon House and Kaplan Early Learning Company from 2021-2022. Her talents include writing, photography, video production, audio production, blog management, website content management, social media management, some design, and data analytics for websites, social media, and customer relationship databases.