By happenchance our paths crossed with Magda Gerber. A spark was lit and, with a little help from our friends, the flame ignited. Now every member of the center team is Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) trained and the Infant Environment Certified by RIE. When teachers from other centers visit, they often ask HOW?
How do you get your co-teacher to buy-in to trying the RIE principles of caring for babies and toddlers with respect?
How do you communicate with parents the benefits for using the RIE Approach at home?
How do you wean a program off the need for bouncy seats, high chairs, or pacifiers?
How do you do primary caregiving? …keep the children together for two years? …get the parents to respect your caregiving routines?
As the center continues to mature and develop on its journey to modeling best practice, we reflect back on the Five Year Strategic Planning that initiated Little Learners Lodge becoming a RIE Certified Program. This is how we did it-
Starting with one.
(click on the photo to view Strategic Plan)
And ending with a team of 15 RIE Trained Early Childhood Professionals committed to demonstrating that we need not compromise quality or best practices in center base care. In fact, we can not.