Infants and Toddlers: Caregiving and Responsive Curriculum Development,
10th Edition

Terri Jo Swim

ISBN-13: 9780357625378
Copyright 2023 | Published
512 pages | List Price: USD $250.95

INFANTS AND TODDLERS: CAREGIVING AND RESPONSIVE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, Tenth Edition, guides you through the acquisition of skills necessary to provide high-quality care for infants and toddlers in any educational setting. Each chapter incorporates new research results and scholarly articles, and new and extended boxed features provide additional insights and emphasis. The new edition continues to support the author's goal of providing appropriate caregiving and educational techniques, as well as curriculum ideas, for infants and toddlers from birth to age three. The text also provides overviews of key child care philosophies as they relate to the child, the caregiver and parent involvement, along with real-world case studies and relevant lesson plans to help you translate theory into practice.


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.

  • Terri Jo Swim

    Terri Jo Swim, Ph.D., is professor of early childhood education and associate vice chancellor of academic programs at Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW). She has taught in higher education institutions for over 25 years. In addition, she has worked in private child care centers, university-based laboratory infant/toddler and preschool programs and summer camps with children from birth to 13 years old. Terri was a co-editor of The Hope for Audacity: Recapturing Optimism and Civility in Education. Her current research interests include infant-toddler and preschool curriculum, Reggio Emilia, documentation and teacher education.

  • The author revised “The Three As” to "Attention, Appreciation and Attunement" to minimize confusion among the concepts. The new term "appreciation" communicates that adults accept very young children as they are--not based on an idea of who the adult wants them to be.

  • Two new spotlight boxed features share information from recently published books. In Chapter 3, the Spotlight on Corisol investigates how children differ in their responses to environmental factors and how those responses relate to the concept of resiliency. The Spotlight on Care and Education in Chapter 4 invites readers to explore their values around care and consider how those values might impact their work with very young children.

  • The Tenth Edition incorporates new research results and scholarly articles into each chapter. Examples include new research on how language development is impacted by a hearing loss (chapter 2), how children learn labels for words (chapter 12), current thoughts on how adults and peers influence the development of prosocial behaviors (chapter 6), and the concept of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death in addition to SIDS (chapter 9).

  • Expanded "Spotlight on Practice" boxed features provide additional exploration of the ways readers can apply key concepts in each chapter when working with very young children, their families and/or colleagues.

  • Each chapter opens with Learning Objectives and relevant professional early childhood standards, and the inside covers include a standards correlation chart to make it easy to see where standards are covered throughout the text. 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 provide valuable real-world perspective for readers. In addition, in "Spotlight on Practice--Voices from the Field" features included in every chapter, practicing teachers apply and reflect on concepts discussed in the chapter.

  • "Reading Checkpoints" placed at key points within each chapter help improve comprehension by asking readers to pause and consider what they have just read.

  • Numerous case studies present real-life examples of important concepts and principles, helping connect chapter content to practical applications and relevant scenarios readers may encounter as working professionals.

  • The author maintains a strong focus on special needs children throughout the text, providing helpful insights and emphasis to prepare readers to work effectively with infants and toddlers with varied needs.

  • 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.

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