State leaders are at the forefront of creating innovative early childhood care and learning systems around the country. The Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC), one of the Office of Child Care’s Technical Assistance (TA) Centers within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), frequently releases resources that provide state leaders with early childhood technical assistance support. Specifically, the SCBC Infant/Toddler Specialist Network resources help support policies and practices to increase the supply of high-quality infant and toddler child care.
This month, the SCBC, hosted a webinar on how to best utilize their Infant and Toddler Resource Guide to support administrator and technical assistance work.
This resource focuses on three key audiences, which are highlighted on the top navigation screen:
- State Level Policy Professionals
- Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Administrators, staff and state policy professionals
- Professional Development (PD) & Technical Assistance (TA) Professionals
- Child care resource and referral administrators, training organization directors and trainers, higher education institution administrators and early childhood/child development faculty, and technical assistance organization administrators and providers
- Infant/Toddler Care Providers
- Infant and toddler teachers, center directors, and family child care providers
Professionals within each audience can find appropriate resources and materials for their line of work.
Other key features highlighted on the webinar include the following:
- Regional Infant/Toddler Resources Information Map
- This section provides professionals with their specific regional Infant/Toddler specialist who can provide deeper knowledge and technical assistance
- State Examples
- Below the regional map, users will find a section to gather specific state examples and stories. This is helpful as professionals can learn what other states are doing within the same line of work
- Infant/Toddler Care Video Clips
- To the right of the navigation screen, video clips give viewers a glimpse into high-quality care in well-planned environments
Research shows us that when young children experience quality early care and learning they have better education, health, social and economic outcomes in life – increasing their productivity and reducing the need for spending later on. The SCBC’s resources once again play a critical role in helping state leaders enhance and implement high-quality early care and learning for our nation’s youngest learners.
To access the Infant and Toddler Resource guide, click here.
To view the webinar of how best to utilize the guide, click here.