Infant & Toddler Certificate

Course Requirements
ID Title Class Lab Credits
Fall Semester
ECE101R Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3 0 3
ECE102R Child Growth and Development 3 0 3
ECE208R Introduction to Infant Mental Health # 3 0 3
Spring Semester
ECE103R Health, Safety, and Nutrition For The Young Child 3 0 3
ECE105R Children With Special Needs and Their Families # 3 0 3
ECE200R Developmentally Appropriate Programs for Infants & Toddlers # 3 0 3
# - Co/prerequisites Required. See Course Descriptions.
Program of Study subject to change.

Infant & Toddler Certificate

For more information, please contact Kerry Belknap Morris, Early Childhood Education Program Director, at or 603-542-7744, extension 5411.


The certificate is an 18-credit program of study comprised of six courses.  The program is designed to provide individuals with knowledge and skills in this specialized area of early childhood education.  Key topics of study will include:  relationships with families, safe and developmentally appropriate environments, promotion of optimal child outcomes, observation & documentation, inclusion, and diversity.
Building and expanding a strong infant and toddler workforce is a priority for New Hampshire.  Initiatives from several state agencies and groups, including the NH Child Development Bureau and Spark NH, the state’s early childhood advisory council, emphasize the need for high quality infant and toddler care.  These state-wide trends, along with feedback from area employers and the ECE Program’s Advisory Committee, led River Valley to develop the new certificate.
The Infant & Toddler Certificate will feature an Introduction to Infant Mental Health course.  Students will study how children, aged birth to 3 years, develop socially and emotionally.  How this area impacts all other aspects of development and evidence-based practices early childhood educators can utilize in their work will also be explored.
Program Purpose:
Infant and toddler care is a specialized area of early childhood education.  Working effectively with young children aged birth to 3 years and their families, requires specific knowledge and skills.  This certificate is designed to support early childhood professionals in developing foundational and intermediate level knowledge and skills.  The program will assist individuals in preparing to apply for an infant and toddler endorsement on an early childhood credential certificate awarded by the New Hampshire Child Development Bureau.
Student Outcomes:
  • Engage in warm and positive interactions and build strong relationships with infants and toddlers and their families and with colleagues;
  • Use their knowledge of birth to age 3 years development to plan and maintain environments that are safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate for infants and toddlers;
  • Select appropriate equipment and materials and utilize developmentally appropriate approaches to support optimal outcomes for infants and toddlers;
  • Use systematic observation and documentation to enhance their work with infants and toddlers and their families; and
  • Be prepared to work effectively with the birth to age 3 years range and be able to meet the individual needs of every child, including those with developmental delays or disabilities and those from culturally or linguistically diverse families.
Career Opportunities:
Child Care Aware of America in their State Child Care Facts in the State of New Hampshire reports that there are over 65,000 children under the age of 4 years in the state.  Over 35,000 New Hampshire working mothers have children under the age of 6 years; of those, 10,075 are infants under the age of one year.  There are close to 58,000 spaces in New Hampshire child care programs and 31% of those slots are licensed spaces for infants and toddlers.



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(603) 542-7744
1 College Place
Claremont, NH 03743


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