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 Education; 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 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 quality of care and education that infants and toddlers receive in child day centers and family day homes
- Increase education and competency of infant and toddler caregivers, teachers, and directors
- Increase use of strategies and practices by caregivers, teachers, directors, and families to promote the social emotional development of infants and toddlers
- Increase community connections that enhance awareness and use of available resources/services that support healthy, safe, and nurturing care for infants and toddlers
- Expand services that are effective and implemented in an efficient and accountable manner
This project was supported by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) 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 document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of VDOE or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.