Resources for Infant Educarers, often referred to by its acronym, RIE, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1978 in Los Angeles by infant specialist Magda Gerber and Tom Forrest, a pediatric neurologist in Palo Alto, California. The goal of RIE is to help raise authentic infants who are competent, focused, peaceful, involved, cheerful, cooperative, resourceful, initiating, confident, aware, secure, attentive, curious, exploring, interested, and inner-directed.

Gerber and Forrest had been working together since 1972 as codirectors of the Demonstration Infant Program (DIP), a preventive infant mental health program at the Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto. Eventually, Gerber and Forrest conceived RIE as an extension of the approach in working with parents and their infants and toddlers that they had developed at DIP, based upon the ...

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