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Infant and Toddler Specialist Network Factsheet

Download Files Mar 11, 2016

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.

An Infant/Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) is a state-based system that coordinates the work of Infant/Toddler Specialists (ITS). The ITS is a key support for state-based professional development systems that serve the needs of infants and toddlers in out-of-home care. ITS support the infant/toddler workforce by providing services such as professional development education and training; technical assistance; resource identification; and community outreach, education and support. The overall goal of the ITSN is to improve caregiver practices and the overall quality of each infant and toddler’s developmental experience.