Infants, Toddlers, and Families: Supporting Their Growth
Registration for the 2013 Institute is open!
Keynote Speaker: Janet Gonzalez-Mena, author and infant/toddler educator
We are incredibly fortunate to have Janet Gonzalez-Mena, an accomplished author and infant/toddler educator, as our keynote speaker on Wednesday, June 19th. We know you all will find her presentation informative and useful in your work with infants, toddlers and families.
We are making this change as our original keynote speakers are no longer able to be with us for the Institute. However, we will continue with the same topic for the keynote.
Janet Gonzalez-Mena has been teaching others about infants and toddlers for the last 36 years. Her co-authored book Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers is now in its 9th edition and she has written 12 other books. Her articles on infants and toddlers have appeared in Young Children and Exchange over the years. She was on the Child and Family Studies faculty at Napa Valley College in Northern California until she retired. Today she trains trainers for WestEd’s Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) based in California but serving the USA and beyond. Janet was a student of Magda Gerber in the San Francisco Bay Area back in the 1970’s and from her learned about the Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary. Intrigued with the theory, practice, and research of Dr. Pikler, Janet began her studies at the Institute in 2003 and has been has been there 5 times since for classes, observations and conferences. Lately she’s been involved as an assistant in two courses in the USA given by Anna Tardos, Pikler’s daughter, and present director of the Institute. Janet has presented across the U.S. and in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore on early care and education, infants and toddlers, diversity, and family-centered care. Janet has a Master of Arts degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California.
Workshops on various topics: infant development, routines and transitions, toddler behavior, materials and activities, motor and language development, sensory integration, bilingual babies, attachment and separation, visits to childcare centers and library programs.
Graduate credit may be earned for an additional fee.
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Coordinator: Margie Brickley