Infant/Toddler Video Clips

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The Child Care tab offers video clips of infants, toddlers, and teachers in child care programs.

The Webinar tab offers video recordings of national webinar series offered by the Child Care State Capacity Building Center’s Infant/Toddler Specialist Network.

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Filmed in family child care homes and infant/toddler care centers, these video clips give viewers a glimpse into high-quality care in well-planned environments. Reflective questions and comments invite viewers to consider important learning and development that occur through interactions and play, and the role of the caregiver-teacher, who intentionally promotes relationship-based care. Prior to filming, the child care programs in this video series were identified as fully compliant with required regulations. Every setting has the appropriate adult to child ratio and supervision of every child, even if other adults cannot be seen in the video frame.
In the following video clip, two teachers sit together, discuss and document their observations of infants and toddlers in their care.
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Below are some sample questions related to the video clip and the value of documenting observations of individual children. It may be helpful to watch the video more than one time.


What did you observe about the two teachers in the video?

How did the two teachers work together to document their observations?

What were some ways in which the teachers encouraged each other to say more about their observations?

What are some of the examples of the observations the teachers made of individual children during the day?

After watching this video, what comes to mind for you about the importance of documenting observations of individual children?

In what ways might observations about individual children be useful to you as a teacher?

Is there a specific experience you’ve had that relates in some way to this scenario? If so, what was the experience and how does it relate?

Douglas Quiett, LMSW, shares reflections on the power and the importance of being self-aware and how this affects teachers providing services for young children.
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What are your values?

What are your beliefs around child rearing?

Where do your values and beliefs around child rearing come from?

Elijah, explores the environment. Note how careful he is with placement of objects, his pace, and his attention span during this uninterrupted play sequence.
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In what ways does Elijah explore his environment?

What kinds of body movements does he use?  How does he use his hands?

What kind of facial expressions do you observe as he plays?

Does this clip relate to experiences you’ve had with children in your care or in your program?

Does Elijah’s interest in exploring containers give you ideas for how to make changes in the environment (such as adding empty containers, providing space for larger container play)?

In this example of early intervention in the natural environment, Trevor, who is almost three, is having lunch with his peers and his food therapist.
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In what ways does the food therapist encourage Trevor to experience the foods?

How did Trevor and the other children respond and potentially benefit from this experience?

Can you think of other examples of intervention in the natural environment?

Does this clip relate to any experiences you’ve had with children in your care or in your program

A teacher gently engages with toddlers as they explore outside.
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What are some ways the teacher is responsive to the toddlers?

Did you notice how she waits to see how they will explore and follows their lead, asks questions, and repeats some of their words?

In what ways does the teacher encourage the toddlers as they discover dirt and grass?

What do you think each child might be experiencing?

This care teacher and baby have some extended one-on-one time to explore books before the other children arrive.
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How does the teacher show her interest in the infant?

What do you notice about the infant’s and teacher’s pace as they sit together?

What kind of comments does the teacher make as the infant explores?

A caregiver warmly greets two toddlers as they arrive at child care in the morning.
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Notice how the teacher gently brings the girls into the environment and talks with them in their home language, Spanish, as they adjust to being in care. 

How does the environment help support interactions and togetherness?

How does having the photos of the children at their eye level make a difference?

How does the teacher use the photos in conversation?

How does the furniture support their interactions?

A family child care provider/teacher and her assistant take children on a walk to a local park. This is a creative use of local resources and a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors
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How does the teacher initiate conversations?

In what ways is this teacher supporting learning and development during this experience?

How do you think the children feel during this walk?

This family child care home is arranged to support breastfeeding mothers.
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How has the provider created a physical space for nursing mothers?

What do you notice about the interaction between the provider and the mother?

How does the infant respond to their interaction?

How might you feel if you were the mother in this scene?

This child is included in child care with his typically developing peers.
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What did you observe in the interactions between the teacher and Alou?

What did you observe during his therapy session?

What are some ways the teacher responds to his needs?

After watching this video, what comes to mind for you about including children with special needs?

Is there a specific experience you’ve had that relates in some way to the interactions between this teacher and Alou?  If so, what was the experience and how does it relate?

This teacher intentionally builds strong emotional connections with each child as she asks questions, shows affection, and talks about their families.
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What do you see happening in this video?

How would you describe the relationship between the two toddlers and the infant care teacher? 

How does the teacher support the emotional needs of the children?

How do the toddlers respond when she asks about their families?

How would you feel in this interaction as the provider/infant care teacher? Why?

Scroll below to explore the webinar video recordings of national webinar series offered by the State Capacity Building Center’s Infant/Toddler Specialist Network. You will find a broad array of relevant topics including titles such as Supporting the Social-Emotional Health of Infants, Toddlers, and Adults During Natural Disasters and Emergencies, and Supporting FCC Providers Who Serve Mixed-Age Groups with Infants and Toddlers.
Making the Connection: Linking Early Brain Development Research to Practice
This webinar explores how to intentionally connect the latest research to promising practices within early childhood systems, programs, and policies and infant/toddler quality initiatives to narrow the gap between knowledge and practice.
After the Training: Facilitating and Motivating Change
This session explores strategies to allow the knowledge gained during trainings and other professional learning opportunities to be put into practice. It focuses on adult learning practices that support the implementation of change for infant/toddler providers. Strategies to evaluate the effectiveness of training and technical assistance initiatives are also discussed.
Where Are the Babies? Exploring Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care
This session explores considerations for designing a system of supports for family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers, including strategies for recruiting FFN caregivers into quality improvement initiatives.
Trauma-Responsive Care: A Framework for Resilience
Webinar participants learned how to identify the impact of trauma on children, caregivers, and families; recognize the value of responsive practices to support resiliency and build protective factors; and explored the implementation of elements of a trauma responsive system.
CCDF Systems of Care Supporting High Quality Infant/Toddler Care
This webinar explored promising state and territory strategies and lessons learned for integrating infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) and systems of care (SoC) within infant/toddler initiatives.
Caring for Yourself Foundational to Caring for Others
This webinar focused on policies and strategies for use by technical assistance providers and child care professionals to increase mindfulness and self-care.
Cultural Responsiveness in Diverse Infant/Toddler Child Care Settings
During this webinar, participants heard an overview of cultural responsiveness to support the needs of infants and toddlers in diverse child care settings, state- and program-level strategies were discussed, and relevant resources were shared.
Screenings and Coordination for Comprehensive Services
This webinar provides 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 settings.
Higher Education Systems Supporting Access to Infant/Toddler Credentials
This webinar explores state examples of partnerships between child care and higher education in the development of Infant/Toddler credentials that represent an entry point to further education and a successful and accessible journey along career and education pathways.
Infant/Toddler & Teacher Social Emotional Health during Disasters
This webinar features resources and practices to support infants, toddler, families, and teachers during times of national disasters.
Supporting FCC Providers for Mixed-Age Groups with Infants and Toddlers
This webinar provides information and resources to assist technical assistance and professional development practitioners who support FCC providers as they care for mixed-age groups.
Resources for Health and Wellness Policies for Infant/Toddler Care
This webinar outlines health and safety policies for centers and family child care providers that promote best practices for the care of infants and toddlers. Best practices, resources, and checklists are shared.
Homelessness: Requirements and Resources
This webinar reviews the CCDBG requirements for services to families experiencing or at risk of homelessness and offers related resources for families.
Impacted by Opioid Misuse: Perspectives from an Infant/Toddler Lens
This webinar provides facts and resources to support responsive care to families struggling with challenges related to opioid abuse
PITC: Six Essential Practices for Quality Infant/Toddler Care
This presentation explores six essential practices for high-quality infant/toddler care. Learn the basics of continuity of care, primary care, small groups, individualized care, inclusion, and cultural responsiveness. Resources for additional information are also shared.
State Strategies for Infant/Toddler Supply-Building
This webinar supports states and territories in identifying multiple strategies for building a supply of quality infant and toddler care, specifically in high-need areas.
Infant/Toddler Community of Practice: Sharing Initiatives from the Field
This webinar provides an opportunity for six States to share exciting infant/toddler initiatives that support quality, access, and supply-building. Learn the benefits of participating in a community of practice and connect with state peers.
Integrating Evaluation into Infant/Toddler Initiatives
This webinar explores considerations and methodologies related to the evaluation of state, territory, or tribal I/T initiatives.
Reflective Supervision: A Systems Approach
This webinar considers the impact of regular collaborative reflection among TA providers, supervisors, and early care and education professionals.