Childcare Consulting

RIE’s Trusted Approach to the Foundational Years

RIE is a pioneering organization in the pursuit of high-quality respectful early childhood care in the United States, profoundly influencing best practices in infant and toddler care for nearly 50 years.

Customized Professional Development

RIE’s consulting practice is highly customizable to meet the unique needs of your organization. Grow the depth and breadth of understanding of young children amongst staff and caregivers in your organization with professional development aimed to improve the lives of infants and toddlers through respectful care.

Two toddlers at low table eating lunch together in a childcare setting.

Custom training formats include:

  • Workshops on environments, caregiving routines, or conflicts among toddlers
  • Webinars tailored to specific challenges your organization is facing
  • Customized RIE Foundations: Theory & Observation™ Courses
  • Trainings focused on individual RIE principles and practices scheduled to meet your needs

Mission-Focused Consulting

RIE’s mission is to improve the lives of infants and toddlers through respectful care.
This mission informs and drives our consulting practice. RIE principles and practices anchor our approach to collaboration with organizations.

Early responsive relationships are vital to successful outcomes for young children. We support organizations in the creation and implementation of systems that cultivate high-quality interactions and build responsive and respectful relationships between young children and their caregivers.

Centering on a collaborative model, we support your organization in identifying the strengths and goals of your existing program, as well as your current challenges, along with the design and execution of a plan unique to your program.

Childcare center infant room with small set of stairs and low bookcase.

Consulting projects may include:

  • Environment design
  • Curriculum for infants and toddlers
  • Meeting high quality standards with RIE
  • Implementing primary caregiving
  • Teaching and learning in infancy
  • Engaging families
  • Authentic assessment
  • Embedded training

Tell us more about your project.

SettingMoss Street Children’s Center at the University of Oregon

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Age of Children served: 3 months-PreK

RIE Approach: 2-day on-site workshop covering an introduction of the Educaring Approach and RIE Principles as well as delving deeper into the areas of particular interest to the staff.

Topics: were determined in partnership with the Center leadership. Three training themes were:

1.  Fostering Independence and Interdependence in Infant and Toddlers in Group Care

2.  It’s All About the Relationship, Children, Families and Those Providing Care

3.  Should You Teach Your Child How to Play?

“Everything went very well. The presenters were skilled and had a very kind tone. We learned a lot and developed a shared understanding. The classroom consultation moved mountains. We hope to continue our working relationship as our team grows and learns.”

— Director, Becky Lamoureux


Setting: Child Lane Childcare

Location: Long Beach, CA

Age of Children served: 4 months-5 years

Child Lane provides free and reduced-price early care and education services to children in the Long Beach, Wilmington and San Pedro communities in Los Angeles County, CA.

RIE Approach: Working with Child Lane, we held two workshops for their network of family child care providers. Each workshop was delivered in English and Spanish for a total of four sessions.

Topics: were designed to provide information on RIE Practices that could be immediately implemented within the providers’ home childcare settings.

Setting: Indiana Department of Corrections in partnership with Indiana University

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Age of Children served: babies

RIE Approach: RIE Parent-Infant Guidance™ Classes

RIE is working closely with the Promises of Parenting pilot program organized through the Indiana University Department of Pediatrics. Mothers residing with their babies in the Indiana Women’s Prison Maternal-Child Health Unit (Leath Unit) take part in weekly RIE Parent-Infant Guidance classes.

As part of the overall project, RIE provided environmental consulting and set up a safe space for the RIE classes in a section of a common room.

Mothers and babies were also supplied with play objects that encourage exploration and creativity.

“I have new ways of interacting with my baby now, like changing her diaper and talking her through it and how she actually relaxes and stays still. She smiles during changing her diaper and it’s made things a lot easier.”

— Mom