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The Best for Babies Book Provides Expert Advice for Assessing Infant-Toddler Programs

Alice Sterling Honig highlights the nurturing interactions that children need for optimum development

Lewisville, N.C. – August 27, 2014 – In The Best for Babies: Expert Advice for Assessing Infant-Toddler Programs from Gryphon House Inc., a leading publisher of early childhood resources, Alice Sterling Honig offers practical ideas for guiding children’s cognitive, language, and social-emotional learning and development.

Young children learn through interaction with trusted adults. The Best for Babies includes a 24-item care quality checklist to help teachers and caregivers build trust in relationships, nurture learning and development, and assess teacher and caregiver professional skills and growth.

Teachers, directors and caregivers who read The Best for Babies will:

  • understand why quality care and nurturing interactions with babies are vital to young children’s development.
  • learn new ways to creatively modify and extend their interactions to meet the needs of babies and young children.
  • consider ratings from the checklist as they find ways to optimize the outcomes for each child.

“Quality early childhood education (ECE) is recognized increasingly as a pathway to school success and a helpful support for children on the journey toward later satisfaction in their personal and professional lives,” said Honig. “The Best for Babies is a positive step for educators and caregivers toward the ultimate goal of lifelong success for their students.”   

The Best for Babies: Expert Advice for Assessing Infant-Toddler Programs (ISBN: 978-0-87659-554-1, 168 pages, $12.95) will be available to purchase in November 2014. Educators may preorder books here. For writers interested in e-galley copies, please email

About the Author

Alice Sterling Honig, Ph.D., professor emerita in the Syracuse University department of child and family studies, has devoted her career to discovering the best ways to nurture and support the development of infants and toddlers. As a licensed psychologist in the state of New York, Dr. Honig carries out assessments of infants’, preschoolers’, and school-age children’s cognitive and emotional development, as well as helping families with different problems.

About Gryphon House Inc.

Gryphon House is an award-winning publisher of resource books for parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight. Developmentally appropriate and easy to use, Gryphon House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to bring the joy of learning to young children. To learn more, or to check out the entire collection, visit

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