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Including relationship-based care practices in infant-toddler care: Implications for practice and policy

Resource Type: Other
Author(s): Sosinsky, Laura Stout; Ruprecht, Karen; Horm, Diane M.; Kriener-Althen, Kerry; Vogel, Cheri; Halle, Tamara;
Date Issued: May, 2016
Publisher(s): United States. Administration for Children and Families. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Description: This brief describes relationship-based care practices and the research support for a focus on relationships in infant and toddler care. We emphasize two specific relationship-based care supports - primary caregiving and continuity of care. We then present practice considerations for child care directors and owners regarding adopting or enhancing relationship-based care practices, and discuss the implications of state standards for incorporating these practices into programs that serve infants and toddlers. This brief focuses on implementation and standards in center-based settings because family child care homes are already structured to support relationship-based care practices from infancy through age three due to small numbers of children and caregivers. However, considerations for implementation of relationship-based care practices in centers may also be relevant to group child care homes serving infants and toddlers. (author abstract)
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Funder(s): United States. Administration for Children and Families. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Source: (OPRE Report No. 2016-46). Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. Retrieved from
Note: The project officers are Ivelisse Martinez-Beck and Meryl Yoches Barofsky. The contractors are Child Trends and ICF International. The project directors are Tamara Halle and Shefali Pai-Samant. This resource contains state-by-state information, including fact sheets, data tables, or online tools.
Topics: Child Care & Early Education Quality > Process Quality

Programs, Interventions & Curricula > Programs > Infant & Toddler
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