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National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative Resource Archive

Collaborations and Partnerships 

Collaborative Partnerships Between Early Care & Education and Child Welfare: Supporting Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families Through Risk to Resilience
- This brief provides practical partnership and collaboration strategies for early care and education and child welfare systems to meet the needs of and best serve families with infants and toddlers who are in or at risk of entering the child welfare system.
 
Early Care and Education Systems Building

Strategic Planning Process Tool Kit - This tool kit provides resources, tools, and process suggestions to assist states and territories with strategic planning to support quality child care for infants and toddlers.

Early Care and Education Systems that Support Quality Care for Babies and Toddlers: Key Elements
- This paper presents an overview of key early care and education system elements and the characteristics that reflect how such a system can offer quality child care to infants, toddlers, and their families.

Early Learning Guidelines

Infant/Toddler Early Learning Guidelines Factsheet - This factsheet documents the ways that states and territories represent infants and toddlers in their Early Learning Guidelines.

Infant/Toddler Early Learning Guidelines Implementation Tool Kit
- This tool kit provides resources, tools, and process suggestions to assist states and territories in engaging in strategic planning to support the implementation of Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers.

Family, Friend and Neighbor Child Care

Supporting Family, Friend, and Neighbor Child Care Strategic Planning Tool Kit
- This tool kit offers resources, tools, and process suggestions to assist states and territories with strategic planning to support Family, Friend, and Neighbor quality child care for infants and toddlers.


Infant/Toddler Specialist Networks

Developing a Statewide Network of Infant and Toddler Specialists: Technical Assistance Manual for States and Territories
- This manual describes the process of developing and implementing an Infant Toddler Specialist Network using six state examples.
 
Infant/Toddler Specialist Network Factsheet - This factsheet provides background on Infant/Toddler Specialist Networks, a strategy that states and territories have implemented to improve the quality of child care and support healthy development of infants and toddlers.

Professional Development

Professional Development for the Infant/Toddler Early Care and Education Workforce - This paper offers a framework and approaches to strengthen professional development opportunities for the infant/toddler workforce.

Consultants in Child Care Settings

Coordinating Child Care Consultants: Combining Multiple Disciplines and Improving Quality in Infant/Toddler Care Settings
- This paper provides a framework and practical suggestions for coordinating and educating child care consultants from multiple disciplines to improve consultants’ efficiency.

Infant/Toddler Module 1: Relationships: The Heart of Development and Learning - This module provides child care consultants with an understanding of how relationships contribute to and support development and learning in infants and toddlers.

Infant/Toddler Module 2: Infant/Toddler Development, Screening, and Assessment
- This module provides child care consultants with information about screening and assessment of infants and toddlers.

Infant/Toddler Module 3: Infant/Toddler Curriculum and Individualization
- This module familiarizes child care consultants with the concepts of curriculum and individualization as a means of promoting infant/toddler development.

Core Knowledge and Competencies

A Guide to Effective Consultation with Settings Serving Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families: Core Knowledge, Competencies, and Dispositions - This guide defines the core knowledge, competencies, and dispositions for consultants working with early care and education programs and settings serving infants, toddlers, and their families.

Keys to High-Quality Child Care for Infants and Toddlers: Core Knowledge and Competencies for Infants and Toddlers - This factsheet focuses on core knowledge and competencies (CKC), which define the content and skills that adults working with infants and toddlers need to support individualized learning experiences and development.

Infant/Toddler Credentials

Infant/Toddler Credential Factsheet - This factsheet provides an overview and describes the components and requirements of states’ infant/toddler credentials.

Credentials for the Infant/Toddler Child Care Workforce: A Technical Assistance Tool for Child Care and Development Fund Administrators - This report provides a guide to states and territories planning to develop or implement a system for formally recognizing the specialized knowledge and skill sets needed by infant/toddler caregivers.

Licensing & Regulations

State Child Care Licensing and Promoting Infant and Toddler Nutrition & Movement in Child Care - This factsheet provides an overview of standards for promoting health in child care from the report Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards for Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs.

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): Inclusion of Infant/Toddler Quality Indicators - This factsheet provides an overview of infant/toddler quality indicators in states’ Quality Rating and Improvement Systems.

State Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): Inclusion of Infant/Toddler Quality Indicators - This table summarizes state examples of inclusion of infant/toddler quality indicators in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems.

Designing Quality Rating and Improvement Systems Inclusive of Infants and Toddlers - This paper offers suggestions for the inclusion of quality indicators for infants and toddlers within Quality Rating and Improvement Systems being implemented in states, tribes, and territories.

Including Infants and Toddlers in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: QRIS Issues Meeting White Paper - This white paper highlights key discussion points and summarizes recommendations that emerged from a Child Care Bureau QRIS Issues Meeting, which was convened in May 2008, on including infants and toddlers in states’ Quality Rating and Improvement Systems.

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