Teaching Practices

Individualizing Care for Infants and Toddlers

Part 1 of this two-part paper, Individualizing Care for Infants and Toddlers, focuses on the importance of individualization and includes relevant Head Start Program Performance Standards. Discover some considerations for individualizing care and program structures and practices that support staff in doing this important work. The paper includes a bibliography and related resources, and questions you can use with staff and program management in your program.

Individualizing Care for Infants and Toddlers – Part 2 focuses on the "how" of individualizing care. It enables staff to respond thoughtfully to each child and family's interests, abilities, and needs. This is the process of:

  • Observing and documenting
  • Reflecting, interpreting, and planning
  • Implementing
  • Reflecting and evaluating

Both parts complement the technical assistance paper, Child Observation: The Heart of Individualizing Responsive Care for Infants and Toddlers.