Infant and Toddler Programs: Recommendations for a Stimulating Learning Environment
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Recommendations for practices that strengthen early childhood programs are proposed based on findings from two studies. The Infant-Toddler Environment Rating Scale-Revised is widely used to assess infant a toddler classrooms. A total of 102 infant and toddler classrooms in Missouri were observed for these studies and provide the basis for information in this recommended practices document. Items from the Environment Rating Scale that were consistently rated as below average were divided into three program components: room/furniture design, displayed materials, and play materials. Specific recommendations for improving programs are outlined.