Infant/Toddler Specialist Network Technical Assistance Opportunities

Infant/Toddler TA Opportunities

Are you looking for ways to build the quality of infant/toddler (I/T) care in your state, territory, or tribe? Are you an I/T early childhood policymaker, leader, stakeholder, or teacher? Are you looking for training and technical assistance (TA) on how to improve the quality of I/T care? If you said yes to any of these questions, the Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) Infant/Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) has many TA opportunities for you to consider.

Community of Practice Opportunities

ITSN will be hosting four Communities of Practice (CoP) focused on strategies to support quality I/T care. Each CoP will focus on a different topic and will meet remotely once a month for a total of six sessions. These CoPs will promote the sharing of ideas and strategies to support solutions and innovations focused on infants and toddlers. Participants will have input on the meeting schedule, session content, and goals. Interested participants and state, regional, or tribal teams can register for one or more of the infant/toddler CoP kickoff meetings being offered. See the following table for more details, including registration links.

Hot-Topic Webinars

Join ITSN on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:30–2:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) for a series of 1-hour hot-topic webinars. These webinars will do the following:

¨     Raise awareness about particular topics or issues.

¨     Provide related resources.

¨     Inspire continued conversation, topic exploration, and further action.

See the following table for more information about each webinar and links to register. Note: Participants and teams can register for as many of the CoPs and hot-topic webinars as they desire. However, participants must register for each event separately.

TA Type

Title, Description, and Intended Audience

Date and Time

Registration Link


Title: Developmental Screening: What, How, When, and Who

Intended audience: I/T providers, TA providers, and professional development (PD) providers

Kickoff meeting:

March 7,

1:30–3:00 p.m. ET



Title: Infant and Toddler Care: Supporting Family Child Care Professionals

Intended audience: Family child care (FCC) providers, FCC TA providers, and PD providers

Kickoff meeting:

March 20,

6:00–7:30 p.m. ET


Hot-Topic Webinar

Title: Reflective Supervision—A Systems Approach. Explore Foundations, Frameworks, and Critical Elements of Reflective Supervision

Description: This webinar will consider the impact of regular collaborative reflection among TA providers, supervisors, and early care and education professionals.

Intended audience: Program leaders, managers of I/T initiatives, and TA providers (i.e., I/T coaches, specialists, and consultants)

The content is appropriate for the beginning and intermediate levels.

March 21,

1:30–2:30 p.m. ET



Title: Tools To Support I/T Core Knowledge and Competency Development

Intended audience: I/T leadership within state agencies

Kickoff meeting:

April 3,

1:30–3:00 p.m. ET



Title: Creating Culturally Responsive Programs for I/T Care

Intended audience: I/T providers, TA and PD providers, and ITSN leads and consultants

Kickoff meeting:

April 10,

1:30–3:00 p.m. ET


Hot-Topic Webinar

Title: Integrating Evaluation Into Infant/Toddler Initiatives

Description: This webinar will explore considerations and methodologies related to the evaluation of state, territory, or tribal I/T initiatives.

Intended audience: Program leaders and managers of I/T initiatives, state-level leaders, and/or evaluation teams

The content is appropriate for the beginning level.

April 18,

1:30–2:30 p.m. ET


Hot-Topic Webinar

Title: The Opioid Crisis: Perspectives From an Infant and Toddler Lens

Description: Facts and resources to support responsive care to families struggling with challenges related to opioid abuse.

Intended audience: I/T providers, TA providers (i.e., I/T coaches, specialists, and consultants), child care health consultants, and health managers

The content is appropriate for the beginning level.

May 16,

1:30–2:30 p.m. ET


Hot-Topic Webinar

Title: Supporting FCC Providers Who Serve Mixed-Age Groups With Infants and Toddlers

Description: Information and resources to support TA and PD professionals who support FCC providers as they care for mixed-age groups.

Intended audience: TA providers (i.e., I/T coaches, specialists, and consultants) and training and PD providers

The content is appropriate for the beginning and intermediate levels.

June 20,

1:30–2:30 p.m. ET


Hot-Topic Webinar

Title: Using the Infant/Toddler Resource Guide To Support Your Work

Description: Learn about the Infant/Toddler Resource Guide and explore how you can access and use resources to support policy development, training, coaching, and the development or rollout of I/T initiatives.

Intended audience: All

The content is appropriate for the beginning level.

July 18,

1:30–2:30 p.m. ET


Hot-Topic Webinar

Title: Supporting the Social-Emotional Health of Infants and Toddlers and Their Teachers During Natural Disasters

Description: Resources and practices to support infants, toddlers, families, and teachers during times of national disasters.

Intended audience: TA providers (i.e., I/T coaches, specialists, and consultants) and training and PD providers

The content is appropriate for the beginning level.

August 15,

1:30–2:30 p.m. ET


Hot-Topic Webinar

Title: Leveraging Higher Education Systems To Support Access to Infant/Toddler Credentials

Description: State examples of partnerships between child care and higher education in the development of I/T credentials that represent an entry point to further education and a successful and accessible journey along career and education pathways.

Intended audience: Program leaders and managers of I/T initiatives and representatives from higher education and PD systems

The content is appropriate for the beginning and intermediate levels.

September 19,

1:30–2:30 p.m. ET



For additional information on any of these opportunities, please contact the Infant/Toddler Specialist in your Region.




Infant/Toddler Specialist

Email Address


CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT

Ronna Schaffer



NJ, NY, PR, and VI

Lisa Ojibway



DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV

Kelley Perkins



AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN

Holly Wilcher



IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI

Jeanne VanOrsdal



AR, LA, NM, OK, and TX

Jeanne VanOrsdal



IA, KS, MO, and NE

Julie Law



CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY

Tina Jiminez



AS, AZ, CA, CNMI, GU, HI, and NV

Natasha Hartman



AK, ID, OR, and WA

Julie Weatherston



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