Our Goals and Key Features

With Child Development Resources’ leadership, a state level leadership council guides the work of partners and collaborators to implement a statewide, comprehensive network. Key partners include the Virginia Department of Social Services; the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation; Voices for Virginia’s Children; the Infant Toddler Connection of Virginia; the Virginia Department of Health; Child Care Aware of Virginia; The Planning Council; the Virginia Head Start Association; community-based Smart Beginnings coalitions; families; institutions of higher education; community-based early care, education, and health programs; and others.

The goals of the VA Infant & Toddler Specialist Network

  • Improve the quality of care and education that infants and toddlers receive while away from their primary caregiver
  • Increase the knowledge level and competencies of infant and toddler caregivers/teachers and directors
  • Promote community connections to increase awareness and use of available resources and services that support healthy, safe, and nurturing care for infants and toddlers
  • Implement an effective, efficient, and accountable infant and toddler specialist system and increase its capacity to offer services

The VA Infant & Toddler Specialist Network is a program of Child Development Resources and is supported by the Virginia Department of Social Services Grant #93.575, with funds made available to Virginia from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Points of view or opinions contained within this website are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of VA Department of Social Services or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.