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; the Virginia Child Care Resource and Referral Network; the Comprehensive Health Investment Project 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 educational 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
Regions of the VA Infant & Toddler Specialist Network