Infant and Toddler Development, Screening, and Assessment
This module provides child care consultants with information about screening and assessment of infants and toddlers.
Upon completion of this module, child care consultants will be able to:
- Describe factors that affect infant/toddler development and identify resources for reference on developmental milestones.
- Discuss how the integrated nature of infant/toddler development affects overall growth and development.
- Describe their state’s professional development system supports for infant/toddler caregivers and how they can be accessed.
- Define the difference between observation, screening, and ongoing assessment and the key components of each process.
- Discuss the importance of coordinating referrals with the family and other care providers, such as medical and dental homes, therapists, and additional child care providers.
- Identify key aspects of the state Part C/Early Intervention system for infants and toddlers with disabilities.
- Discuss the importance of involving families in the process of observation, screening, and assessment.
Infant/Toddler Development, Screening, and Assessment is one of three infant/toddler modules created to support consultants working in child care settings, especially those who have not had education or training specific to infants and toddlers in group care. These modules were designed to complement training offered to early childhood consultants through the National Training Institute at the Department of Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This paper offers a framework and approaches to strengthen professional development opportunities for the infant/toddler workforce.
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.