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Virtual Infant-Toddler and School-Age Child Care Institute: Bridging the Child Care Continuum Through Policy and Practice

Opening Plenary Session—Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 1:00–2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

You can register for the institute by accessing this Child Care Technical Assistance webpage.

The Office of Child Care (OCC) is pleased to announce that the 2019 Infant-Toddler and School-Age Child Care (ITSACC) Institute will be a virtual event. This year’s institute, titled Bridging the Child Care Continuum Through Policy and Practice, will kick off with a plenary session on October 2, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

The ITSACC Institute is designed to build the capacity of professionals working to manage and support child care systems, particularly those focused on infant-toddler or school-age care policies and practices implemented under the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program.

The 2019 virtual ITSACC Institute will start with a kickoff webinar titled Quality: An Equity Lens Across the Age Continuum. Shannon Christian, OCC Director, will provide a welcome and an introduction to the ITSACC Institute. The keynote speaker, Dr. Aisha Ray, Professor Emerita at the Erikson Institute and Distinguished Fellow at the BUILD Initiative, will discuss the importance of using a racial equity lens in our quality initiatives to support children across the age continuum.

Following the kickoff webinar, a series of three topical webinars with guest speakers and interactive discussions will be offered in November, December, and January:

  • Webinar 1: November 13, 2019—1:00–2:30 p.m. (ET): Family Child Care (FCC): Supporting Quality
  • Webinar 2: December 11, 2019—1:00–2:30 p.m. (ET): Quality Improvement Systems That Support Children Across the Age Continuum
  • Webinar 3: January 8, 2020—1:00–2:30 p.m. (ET): Trauma and Resilience: The Role of Child Care Providers.

Who Should Attend

In past years, this institute has drawn a broad group of participants, allowing for a consideration of topics affecting these age groups through various lenses, and we hope to benefit from many perspectives again this year. With this in mind, we encourage CCDF administrators to share this email announcement with their colleagues. The list below includes examples of potential participants:

  • State agency staff (CCDF, licensing, infant-toddler, and/or school-age specialists)
  • 21st Century Community Learning Center leadership
  • Child care resource and referral staff
  • Infant-Toddler Specialist Network leadership
  • Infant and early childhood mental health leadership
  • Statewide afterschool networks and National AfterSchool Association state affiliate leadership
  • National child care organization personnel
  • Professional development leadership
  • Quality rating and improvement system leadership.

To obtain additional details and to register, visit the ITSACC Institute website. If you have any questions, contact SCBC_InfantToddlerNetwork@icf.com.

Office of Child Care

Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mary E. Switzer Building, Fourth Floor, MS 4425

330 C Street, S.W.

Washington, DC  20201

General office number: (202) 690-6782

Fax: (202) 690-5600

General email: occ@acf.hhs.gov

Website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/occ

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