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Virginia Infant Toddler Specialist Network

The Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network (VA ITSN) strives to achieve excellence in early care by increasing the knowledge level and skills of those who care for infants and toddlers, whether in family day homes or in center-based programs.

Our services are for early care providers and directors in publicly funded sites participating in VQB5 with priority given to classroom CLASS scores of 3.99 and below.

  • Coaching: Individualized coaching sessions will include consultation, targeted training, classroomfocused mentoring, and feedback. Coaching can be on-site, virtual, or hybrid.
  • Training: Training on topics that support effective classroom and learning environments for caregivers, teachers, and directors.
  • Technical Assistance (TA): TA on infant and toddler topics to support professional competency and effective program operations. Child Coaching: Child consultation is for children 0-36 months enrolled in childcare who qualify for services to reduce challenging behaviors, suspension, and expulsion.

Two highly qualified infant and toddler specialists and one infant and toddler behavior consultant work in the Southeastern regional office at Children’s Harbor. These services are grant-funded and offered at no cost to programs, providers and families.  The specialists and consultant provide professional development opportunities designed to strengthen the capacity of early care and education programs to deliver high-quality services.

The Virginia Infant and Toddler Specialist Network is supported by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $5,350,000 with 100% funded by ACF/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by the Virginia Department of Education, ACF/HHS, or the U.S. Government.