Infant/Toddler Child Care System Policies and Practices: A Tool for Strengthening Infant/Toddler Care Quality

This tool is designed to support State child care leaders and I/T stakeholders as they assess, prioritize, plan, implement, and evaluate State policies to strengthen the quality of child care services that infants, toddlers, and their families receive. The tool also aims to assist I/T child care leaders as they create strategies, policies, protocols, and systems that:

  • Identify relationship-based care as essential to quality infant/toddler child care;
  • Engage, inform, and connect with families of infants and toddlers;
  • Strengthen the quality and conditions of the infant/toddler workforce to help meet the unique needs of infants and toddlers in child care settings;
  • Increase the supply, health and safety, sustainability, and quality of infant/toddler child care settings;
  • Coordinate and integrate cross-sector systems that serve infants, toddlers, and their families; and
  • Support infants, toddlers, and their families through emergencies and disasters.

The accompanying resource, User Guide for the State and Territory Infant/Toddler Child Care System Policies and Practices Tool, is based on feedback from the policy tool’s developers and initial users, and offers a variety of tips and strategies for maximum success using the tool.

Additional emergency preparedness resources can be found on the CCDF Disaster Plan Preparedness Page

Publication Date: 
August 18, 2021
Resource Type: 
Tool
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