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 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.
This paper offers a framework and approaches to strengthen professional development opportunities for the infant/toddler workforce.