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Child Care State Capacity Building Center’s Infant/Toddler Specialist Network Hot Topic Webinar Series

The Child Care State Capacity Building Center’s (SCBC) Infant/Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) is pleased to announce the next series of infant/toddler (I/T) hot topic webinars, which are designed to raise awareness about important topics, provide relevant resources, inspire continued conversations, and encourage further action toward increasing the supply and quality of I/T care. The I/T hot topic webinars will be held on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time [EDT]) beginning on March 18, 2020, and running through May 20, 2020.

Use the registration links below to register today!

Where Are the Babies? Exploring Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care

Description

Infants and toddlers are primarily cared for by family members, friends, and neighbors. Research has shown that family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) care is one of the most popular forms of child care used today, regardless of family income or household structure. Therefore, states, territories, and tribes have an important responsibility to support FFN caregivers in delivering high-quality child care. This webinar will explore considerations for designing a system of supports for FFN caregivers, including strategies for recruiting FFN caregivers into quality improvement initiatives. We invite you to join this discussion and to learn how others are building quality in FFN programs.

  • Intended audience: State, territory, and tribal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) administrators and lead staff members; child care resource and referral (CCR&R) entity personnel; family child care (FCC) network leaders; and quality improvement staff members, among others.
  • Level: The content is appropriate for participants at all levels.
  • Date and time: Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 1:00–2:30 p.m. (EDT).
  • Webinar registration link.

After the Training: Facilitating and Motivating Change

Description

You’re committed to the professional learning of your I/T workforce. You develop, plan, and think long and hard about creating meaningful professional development (PD) opportunities that translate to supporting the I/T workforce and, ultimately, children and families. However, what happens after the training ends? Research has shown that stand-alone training has little influence on changes in caregiver practice. Join us for this webinar to explore strategies that will enable the knowledge gained during trainings and other professional learning opportunities to “stick.” Our focus will be on adult learning practices and principles that motivate behaviors and support the implementation of change for I/T providers. We will also discuss strategies to evaluate the effectiveness of training and technical assistance (TA) initiatives.

  • Intended audience: PD leaders, training and TA professionals, coaches, CCR&R entity staff members, FCC network leaders, and ITSN leaders, among others.
  • Level: The content is appropriate for intermediate-level participants.
  • Date and time: Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 1:00–2:30 p.m. (EDT).
  • Webinar registration link.

Making the Connection: Linking Early Brain Development Research to Practice

Description

Research has shown that early experiences have a profound impact on children’s development. Although this information is well known in the field, there is often a disconnect between the latest research on brain development and its practical applications to improve child outcomes in early childhood (EC) settings. This webinar will explore how we can intentionally connect the latest research to promising practices within our EC systems, programs, and policies and our I/T quality initiatives to narrow the gap between EC knowledge and practice.

  • Intended audience: TA providers, I/T leads, I/T specialists, and quality improvement specialists, among others.
  • Level: The content is appropriate for intermediate-level participants.
  • Date and time: Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 1:00–2:30 p.m. (EDT).
  • Webinar registration link.

For more information, contact Kelley Perkins at kelley.perkins@icf.com.

SCBC works with state and territory leaders and their partners to create innovative EC systems and programs that improve results for children and families. Its priorities are enhancing the effectiveness of programs implemented under the CCDF program and improving the quality and affordability of child care services that meet the needs of low-income working parents.

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