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infant-toddler initiative

Building a support system designed to meet the unique needs of infants, toddlers and their caregivers through targeted professional development and technical assistance.

We are excited to be a pioneer in bringing together various systems that provide services to infants, toddlers and families through many different models. This is possible because of the strengths that exist within Pennsylvania's early childhood system which provide a strong foundation upon which to build. And finally, because of the commitment of early childhood practitioners, like you, who are motivated to improve quality for our youngest children! We look forward to working with you in the years to come and appreciate all that you do in support of infants, toddlers and their families!

Please visit this page regularly for updates on Pennsylvania's Infant-Toddler Initiative.

infant-toddler specialist network

The Infant-Toddler Specialist Network coordinated by the Pennsylvania Key and OCDEL includes representatives from vacarious state systems that provide technical assistance, consultation and professional development to families and early childhood professionals who support the healthy development of infants and toddlers.  Members of the Network have created documents that describe that describe resources available for infant, toddlers, families and practitioners.  These documents can be found below in the Resources section

targeted technical assistance

Beginning in 2011, Infant-Toddler Specialists were identified at each Regional Key to provide targeted technical assistance and coordination of regional supports to programs enrolled in Keystone STARS. For more information regarding Regional Key Infant-Toddler Specialists, contact your Regional Key.

infant-toddler professional development

There are several PD offerings specifically designed for infant-toddler practitioners which can be found on the Professional Development Calendar

Members of the Infant-Toddler Specialist Network have received training in the Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) and will create a statewide strategy for professional development that aligns with the six essential policies which are focused on improving the quality of care for infants and toddlers. Practitioners and administrators can expect these modules to be available in early 2012.

In addition, the Network will also identify key topics for infant-toddler practitioners and design professional development opportunities to address these areas.  

Infant-Toddler Symposium

As a kick-off to this initiative, the Infant-Toddler Symposium, "A Better Tommorow, Cultivating Infants' and Toddlers' Social-Emotional Development" was held at the Blair County Convention Center, July 19-21, 2011 and included 400 participants, 3 nationally-known keynote speakers and 80 presentations designed specifically for practitioners and families of infants and toddlers. 

View Symposium Keynote materials from:

Peter Mangione, West Ed, The Three Rs of Social Emotional Development

Kristin Tenney-Blackwell, CSEFEL, Investing Early

Terri Rose, Day Three Keynote



  • Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) - Training Modules for Teachers, Training Modules for Parents
  • Infant Toddler Temperament Tool - This tool helps parents and caregivers explore their own temperament traits, as well as those of a child for whom they provide care. Results support parents and caregivers in understanding how adult and child similarities and differences in temperament traits affect "goodness of fit" and provide tips to foster the unique temperament of each child within their care.
  • OCDEL - Early Childhood Standards Aligned System (SAS) Resources - You will find many resources to support your use of the Early Learning Standards within your early childhood program such as information and resources for establishing a daily schedule for various age groups, samples of lesson plan forms, transition ideas and links to exceptional websites.
  • The Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) - Six program policies anchor this work: primary care; small groups; continuity; individualized care; cultural responsiveness; and inclusion of children with special needs. These policies create a climate for care that reinforces a responsive, relationship based approach.
  • Zero to Three - This site includes a wealth of resources specifically for practitioners and families of infants and toddlers. Visit the site to learn more about brain development using "Baby Brain Map." Sign up for e-newsletters that describe development at each state and strategies to support children at the stage, and enjoy plent of downloadable handouts that can be shared wiht teachers and parents called, "Everyday Ways to Support Your Baby's and Toddler's Early Learning."  In addition to many free resources Zero to Three is also known for excellent books, journals and other resources that are especially relevant for caregivers of infants and toddlers.


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