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Introduction What’s the Understanding Toddlers and Twos Workbook All About? Welcome to the Winning Ways book Understanding Toddlers and Twos. This book is one of three in the continuing series that includes Understanding Infants, Understanding Toddlers and Twos, and Understanding Preschoolers. You can read all three or work with the one that best equips you as an early childhood professional. The workbook is designed to help you i Develop a better understanding of the growth and development of toddlers i Improve your interactions with toddlers i Create a more toddler-appropriate routine and program i Assist toddlers in their development of self-help skills such as toilet- ing, dressing, and eating Who Are Toddlers? For the purpose of this book, toddlers are considered children from twelve to thirty-six months of age or one- and two-year-olds. As you have experienced or can imagine, a wide range of developmental ability exists in this age group. Some programs group toddlers according to age, with younger and older toddlers separated, and others adopt a multiage grouping, especially in family home care and education settings. In center-based programs, classroom ros- ters are often designated by many factors: ratios, size of rooms, availability of space in the next age group, and developmental needs of the children. There I 5