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Hot Topic Webinars and New Communities of Practice

Are you looking for ways to support the implementation of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Final Rule and to build the quality of infant/toddler (I/T) care in your state, territory, or tribe? Would you like your infant/toddler leaders, specialists, stakeholders, and teachers/providers to have access to relevant professional development (PD) and peer support?

The Office of Child Care and Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) Infant/Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) are pleased to announce the next series of Infant/Toddler Hot Topic Webinars and three new Infant/Toddler Communities of Practice (CoP) for I/T professionals.

Details about each opportunity and registration links can be found in the sections below.

For more information on the Infant/Toddler Hot Topic Webinars or Infant/Toddler Communities of Practice contact Chandra Curtis at chandra.curtis@icf.com.

Hot Topic Webinars

These webinars are designed to raise awareness about important topics; provide relevant resources; and inspire continued conversation, topic exploration, and further action toward increasing the supply and quality of I/T care.

The Infant/Toddler Hot Topic Webinars will be held on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning on November 14, 2018, and running through April 17, 2019. Each session will be held from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Use the registration links below to register today!

Title, Description, and Intended Audiences

Registration Link

Developmental Screenings, Collaboration, and Coordination for Comprehensive Services

This webinar will provide a national overview of state and territory approaches to broaden developmental screenings and to strengthen collaborative partnerships for comprehensive services to support infants and toddlers in early care and education (ECE) settings. Resources will be shared to support coordination and developmental screening efforts within CCDF child care settings.

Intended Audience: State and territory CCDF administrators, ECE program directors, I/T specialists and training and technical assistance (T/TA) providers, infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) consultants, training and PD leaders, home visiting personnel, child care health consultants, Part C coordinators, child care resource and referral (CCR&R) staff members, and quality improvement specialists.

Level(s): Content is appropriate for all levels.

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 14, 2018—1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

https://ccsssn.adobeconnect.com/hot_topic_1/event/registration.html

Supporting Cultural Responsiveness in Diverse Child Care Settings Serving Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families

This webinar will provide an overview of cultural responsiveness to support the needs of infants and toddlers in diverse child care settings. We will discuss state- and program-level strategies. Participants will expand their knowledge of resources and opportunities related to cultural responsiveness and will strengthen inclusive practices of I/T care in family child care (FCC) homes; Early Head Start programs; and child care centers within their state, territory, or tribe.

Intended Audience: State and territory CCDF administrators, ECE program directors, I/T specialists and T/TA providers, training and PD specialists, quality improvement specialists, I/T caregivers, and CCR&R staff members.

Level(s): Content is appropriate for all levels.

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 19, 2018—1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

https://ccsssn.adobeconnect.com/supporting_cultural_responsiveness/event/registration.html

Exploring Relationship-Based Professional Learning Approaches That Support Quality Infant/Toddler Care

Increasingly, states, territories, and programs are using coaching and other relationship-based professional learning approaches as effective strategies within T/TA systems to promote high-quality child care for infants and toddlers. Join this webinar to learn about current promising approaches that states and territories are using to support their I/T caregiver workforce and to strengthen quality in I/T care programs and FCC homes. You will have an opportunity to hear states and territories discuss their delivery models and to participate in a conversation regarding successful I/T coaching strategies and lessons learned for continuous quality improvement.

Intended Audience: CCR&R staff members, ECE program directors, I/T specialists and T/TA providers, training and PD specialists, quality improvement specialists, and I/T caregivers.

Level(s): Content is appropriate for the intermediate level.

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 16, 2019—1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

https://ccsssn.adobeconnect.com/relationship_based_learning/event/registration.html

Caring for Yourself—Foundational to Caring for Others

Responsive caregiving for infants and toddlers brings such joy to those who have chosen this profession. With this joy comes significant responsibilities to be juggled. To provide high-quality, relationship-based care for infants and toddlers and their caregivers, learning self-care is essential. This webinar will focus on policies and strategies for use by technical assistance (TA) providers and by child care professionals to increase mindfulness and self-care.

Intended Audience: CCR&R staff members, ECE program directors, I/T specialists and T/TA providers, training and PD specialists, quality improvement specialists, and I/T caregivers.

Level(s): Content is appropriate for all levels.

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 20, 2019—1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

https://ccsssn.adobeconnect.com/caringforyourself/event/registration.html

Integrating Systems of Care To Support High-Quality I/T Care

A key to strengthening I/T child care programs, supports, and services is leveraging the relationships, collaboration efforts, and resources of cross-sector early childhood system stakeholders. Increasingly, I/T quality initiative leaders are aligning and integrating their efforts with states’ and territories’ Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Systems/Systems of Care (SoC). Participants in this webinar will explore how states and territories can use IECMH Systems as a key lever of change for strengthening the social, emotional, and behavioral health and wellness of babies and toddlers; their care providers; and the overall care environments. We will explore promising state and territory strategies and lessons learned for integrating IECMH and SoC within I/T initiatives.

Intended Audience: CCR&R staff members, ECE program directors, I/T specialists and T/TA providers, training and PD specialists, quality improvement specialists, and I/T caregivers.

Level(s): Content is appropriate for the beginner and intermediate levels.

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 20, 2019—1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

https://ccsssn.adobeconnect.com/highqualityitcare/event/registration.html

Measuring a Standard of Care: Using Standards Like Caring for Our Children Basics To Inform TA for I/T Programs

Quality I/T programs can have significant developmental benefits and positive long-term effects for children. Poor quality settings can result in unsafe environments that disregard children’s basic physical and emotional needs. Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOCB) represents the minimum health and safety standards that ECE programs should meet. This webinar will explore multiple standards from CFOCB that support high-quality I/T care.

Intended Audience: T/TA providers, state and territory leaders, ECE professionals, and CCR&R staff members.

Level(s): Content is appropriate for all levels.

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 17, 2019—1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

https://ccsssn.adobeconnect.com/measuringastandardofcare/event/registration.html

 

Communities of Practice

The SCBC ITSN will host three new communities of practice focused on strategies to support I/T care. Each CoP will be held monthly for a total of six sessions and will promote the sharing of ideas and strategies to support solutions and innovations in efforts focused on infants and toddlers. The opportunity is participant-driven, with participants determining the CoP schedule, session content, and goals. Interested individual participants or regional, state or territory, or tribal teams can register for one or more of the I/T CoP meetings being offered.

The agenda for each of the initial I/T CoP kickoff sessions includes:

  • Introducing participants and an overview of CoP structure
  • Identifying participant-driven goals, objectives, and session topics of interest
  • Determining a pattern of meetings and optimal meeting times.

The content of subsequent sessions will be determined by the CoP participants and will create opportunities for the following:

  • Interaction and engagement in a process of collective learning, shared activities, the exchange of ideas and information, and relationship-building that supports cooperative learning
  • Interaction through problem-solving, the mapping of knowledge and identification of gaps, large- and small-group discussions, knowledge/practice-sharing, and action-planning
  • The development of shared resources that can include stories, tools, experiences, and resources respectful of traditional ways of learning and culturally responsive practices.

    Use the registration links below to register today!

Title, Description and Intended Audiences

Registration Link

Supporting Family Child Care Professionals Serving Infants and Toddlers

This CoP will provide T/TA providers with the opportunity to share strategies, successes, and challenges in supporting FCC professionals who serve infants and toddlers. Quality improvement resources will be shared.

Intended Audience: I/T specialists and T/TA professionals.

Level(s): Content is appropriate for all levels.

Date and Time of Initial Meeting: Wednesday, January 23, 2019—3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

https://ccsssn.adobeconnect.com/supporting_fcc_professionals/event/registration.html

American Indian/Alaska Native Quality Initiatives: Approaches To Increase Access and Quality for Infants and Toddlers

This CoP will be cofacilitated with the National Center on Tribal Early Childhood Development and is designed for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) CCDF program leads. Participants will explore quality initiatives, examples, and approaches to increase access to I/T care and to improve the quality of ECE programs and services for infants and toddlers.

Intended Audience: AI/AN CCDF administrators and leadership teams, tribal ECE department staff, quality improvement specialists, education coordinators, I/T specialists, and ECE program directors from tribes across the nation.

Level(s): Content is appropriate for all levels.

Date and Time of Initial Meeting: Wednesday, January 23, 2019—1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

https://ccsssn.adobeconnect.com/ai_an_quality_cop/event/registration.html

Building Capacity of I/T Care Providers: Tools To Support Caregiver Competencies

Join this conversation to share tools, insights, and resources to support the competency, knowledge, and skills development of the I/T workforce in your state or territory.

Intended Audience: I/T leads, consultants, trainers, coaches, state and territory ECE PD staff, and higher education faculty members.

Level(s): Content is appropriate for all levels.

Date and Time of Initial Meeting: Tuesday, April 2, 2019—2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

https://ccsssn.adobeconnect.com/building_capacity_care_cop/event/registration.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mary E. Switzer Building, Fourth Floor, MS 4425

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