Learning Environments

Resources for Infant/Toddler Learning Environments

Infants and toddlers learn best in environments where they can have secure relationships with caring and responsive adults, and where they feel safe and free to explore and learn. One key way infants and toddlers learn is by exploring their environment. Children will naturally be drawn to explore a space that is inviting. Whether the environment is a home, socialization space, or a child care center, creating a safe, playful, and welcoming learning environment requires a thoughtful process. Use these resources to help you think about play spaces, areas for caregiving routines, and ways to integrate home cultures into children’s environments—all important aspects of an engaging environment for infants and toddlers.


News You Can Use

teacher demonstrates plant to boyExplore this e-newsletter to find topics important to staff who work directly with infants, toddlers, and families, including expectant families (e.g., home visitors, teachers, family child care providers). In each edition, find information on one particular topic. Review the vignettes to see how the information can be used in daily practice.