Janet Gonzalez-Mena (Fairfield, California) became interested in work with babies when she first met Magda Gerber in 1976. At the time Janet was teaching a child development course at a community college and also directing a program of child care services for a counseling agency. Based on what she learned from Magda, she became part of an effort to open an infant-toddler center for the agency where she worked. About that same time she published a book called Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers based on what she learned from Magda Gerber about the care and education of children 0-3 years of age. The book included information from Magda about the Pikler approach and research, but it wasnt until Janet met Elsa Chahin that she actually went to Budapest to see for herself! That's where she met Anna Tardos, director of the Pikler Institute and daughter of Dr. Emmi Pikler. That first trip to the Pikler Institute to observe and learn was followed by 4 more trips for classes, observation, a conference, plus a Pikler study tour and International conference. The Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers book now in 10th edition reflects the latest from the Pikler Institute in Budapest. The study tour was organized by Laura Briley (late beloved president of the Pikler/Lóczy Fund USA.) Laura had been to Budapest long before Janet got there and after she founded the PLUSA organization she began bringing Anna Tardos over the USA to train. Janet attended the first Pikler training in Tulsa Oklahoma and became one of the assistants to Anna in the second training a year later. Janet is a strong advocate for creating quality in infant-toddler care in the USA. Today Janet is on the faculty for the WestEd Program for Infant-Toddler Caregiver Training of Trainers' Institutes. She retired as a community college teacher from Napa Valley College in California and now conducts seminars and workshops in the USA and internationally.
She co-authored two articles with Janet Gonzalez-Mena, about their experience of doing PITC training for Exchange magazine and one about cultural perspectives on discipline for the NAEYC journal Young Children. In addition she co-authored the publication Practice on Building Bridge, a companion resource to Diversity in Early Care and Education, 5th Ed.
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Janet Gonzalez is a real estate agent with Real Living Houston Home Sales Home Sales in Spring, Texas and has been in the real estate business for 12 years. Janet has completed transactions in several areas including Spring, Tomball, Houston, Fulshear, Jersey Village and Point Blank. HomeLight ranks Janet as one of the top 18% of agents in Tomball for successfully selling homes.