Infant and 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.
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.
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.
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 fam…