• DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina (map)
  • 200 Marina Blvd
  • berkeley, ca

Conference Registration

8:45 AM: Children's Self‐Determined Play: The Anji Play Approach to Early Learning
Faculty: Cheng Xueqin, Education Bureau of Anji County, Zhejiang Province, China

1:30 PM: Meeting of the Minds: Discussion of Morning Presentations and Q&A with Audience
Faculty: Carla Rinaldi, Cheng Xueqin
Discussion Facilitators: Ron Lally and Peter Mangion

Progam for Infant/Toddler Care is turning 30! Let's get together to both learn and celebrate. This February 24-26, 2016, we will be holding our Graduate Conference in Berkeley, California, at the DoubleTree Hilton hotel. We hope you can join us. We have a very exciting agenda this year.

The theme of our conference is "The Rights of Young Children and Their Teachers: National and International Perspectives". The conference will focus on the freedom we recommend be allowed to children to engage in their own interests, and the dignified treatment of teachers as professionals.

Highlights of the conference include presentations by Cheng Xue Qin, the creator of a dynamic child initiated curriculum operating countywide in Anji County, Zhejiang Province, China, by Carla Rinaldi, one of the creators of the world-renowned Reggio Emilia Schools, and Marcy Whitebook, first author of "Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Early Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study".
Time will be set aside for graduates to dialogue with the keynote speakers, and for the speakers to dialogue with each other.

We will have a special ceremony commemorating the life of Yolanda Torres, a long time PITC faculty member who passed away this past September. We will also have time for reflections from graduates and staff about personal and professional high points of the 30-year PITC journey. We are looking forward to seeing you. This is one of our favorite events, a great mix of learning and connection.


Ron Lally, Co-Director, Center for Child and Family Studies, WestEd

Peter Mangione, Co-Director, Center for Child and Family Studies, WestEd