Publications and Resources
- The Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network (VA ITSN)
The Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network (VA ITSN) strives to achieve excellence in early care by increasing the educational level and skills of those who care for infants and toddlers, whether in family
homes or in centers. Fifteen highly qualified infant and toddler specialists work in eight regional offices across the state. The specialists provide three levels of service designed to strengthen the capacity of early care and education programs to deliver high quality services:
- Level 1: On-site consultation services including mentoring and support using quality improvement plans.
- Level 2: Training and technical assistance to groups of caregivers/teachers and directors.
- Level 3: Resources and linkages to existing professional development opportunities. Programs receiving services
from the VA ITSN have achieved measurable outcomes that indicate improved quality of care for infants and toddlers.
Trainer and Coach Resources
Think you can spot a developmental milestone? Take the milestones quiz on this page to find out! Developmental milestones are skills that mark a child’s development; things most children can do by a certain age. Milestones like babbling, finding hidden objects, and playing alongside or with other kids provide clues about your child’s developmental health. So, look for your child’s milestones regularly, celebrate them, and record them to share with your child’s pediatrician using free resources for parents from CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. program.
Child Care Providers
Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns provides tools and best practices to help you work with families to monitor the development of every child in your care, share your concerns with families in a positive way, and help families get connected to services and support that can make a real difference. The 1-hour training is FREE, available online, and is approved for continuing education credit. Take the training today and help make a difference in the lives of all the children in your care!