Teaching and Learning with Infants and Toddlers - Where Meaning-Making Begins

Author(s): Mary Jane Maguire-Fong

Early Childhood Education

This groundbreaking book explores infants’ amazing capacity to learn and presents a reflective approach to teaching inspired by the early childhood schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Each chapter draws from research and real-life infant care settings to illustrate how infants are robust investigators, intent on making sense of the world around them. Pre- and inservice professionals working with infants and their families will find valuable insights into how to design an infant care program, plan curriculum, assess learning, and work with families. 

Teaching and Learning with Infants and Toddlers provides easy-to-understand answers to questions that include: What do I need to know about how the brain develops during infancy? What does teaching look like with children under age 3? How do babies figure out the complex code of language, including the acquisition of multiple languages? Does a baby’s experience have anything to do with later success in school and in life? What kinds of play materials support infants’ learning? What kinds of policies and practices lead to successful group-care programs for infants?

User-friendly features of this book include vignettes, photographs of infant classrooms, diagrams and instructive charts, research highlights, and questions for reflection.


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Mary Jane Maguire-Fong is an author, teacher, consultant, and professor emeritus of early childhood education. She has been a preschool teacher, an infant centre director, and an administrator of early childhood programs serving families in the California migrant farm worker community. Her perspective on infants and toddlers is inspired by the work of Magda Gerber and Emmi Pikler and informed by a growing body of research that sheds light on how amazingly aware, intent, and smart infants really are. She is certified in infant-parent mental health and has studied, with deep respect, the philosophy of teaching used in the birth to 5 programs in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy. She is the author of the 2015 Teachers College Press bestseller, Teaching and Learning with Infants and Toddlers: Where Meaning Making Begins. She delights in the opportunity to be in dialogue with parents, professionals, and policy makers to respect and support infants’ and toddlers’ as inquisitive meaning-makers. 

General Fields

  • : 9780807756195
  • : Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • : Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • : December 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mary Jane Maguire-Fong
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 612.6/54
  • : 192