Infant and Toddler Programs (6 Weeks to 3 Years of Age)
Mini University's infant and toddler teaching staff use the Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos, developed by Teaching Strategies. They also incorporate the educational quality standards from NAEYC's Accreditation Criteria, Ohio's Early Learning and Development Standards, and the Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) philosophy. The RIE philosophy is based on the research of Magda Gerber and Dr. Emmi Pikler.
The RIE (pronounced "rye") philosophy is based on RESPECT for each child. The educarer respects an infant by talking directly to the child, explaining what he/she is about to do, making eye contact, and by waiting for the child's response. RIE's goal is to help nurture AUTHENTIC infants who are: Competent, Confident, Curious, Attentive, Exploring, Cooperative, Secure, Peaceful, Focused, Self-Initiating, Resourceful, Involved, Cheerful, Aware, Interested and Inner-Directed.
Developmentally appropriate programs for children from birth to age 3 are distinctly different from all other types of programs. They are not scaled-down versions of a good program for preschool children. These program differences are determined by the unique characteristics and needs of children during the first three years:
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