Infant Toddler Regional Consultation Project

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Infant Toddler Regional Consultation Project2018-10-08T10:25:33-07:00

Supporting child care providers working with infant and toddlers to facilitate high quality early learning interactions.

Program Details

About the Project

In partnership with the Department of Early Learning, this project offers support for licensed child care providers working with infants and toddlers. Providers attend networking meetings, participate in training and receive monthly on-site consultations.

The Infant and Toddler Child Care Consultation Project supports child care providers working with infant and toddlers to facilitate high quality early learning interactions. Coaches provide monthly strengths based training and support with one-on-one consultative visits that include the FIND program, (Filming Interactions to Nurture Development). We also provide one-on-one visits with our Infant Mental Health Coach that supports relationships between teacher and child through consultative meetings.

The Infant and Toddler Child Care Consultation Project provides these supports through:

  • Nurturing positive social and emotional development of children
  • Provide resources to the teachers and directors around community resources
  • Support around developmental screenings
  • Consultation with teachers regarding children with identified special needs
  • Empowering teachers to utilize strategies in the classroom that support all children

A focus on the social, emotional and attachment needs of infants and toddlers provide early learning professionals with specialized tools and technical assistance.

Please review our findings on infant/toddler data in our region

Who Qualifies?

Eligibility of participation in the Infant and Toddler Childcare Consultation Project is determined by Early Achiever participation and where providers are in the rating process. In addition to monthly cohort and individual meetings, participating providers also have access to other services.

Early Learning Plan vision statement:

“In Washington state, we work together so that all children start life with a solid foundation for success, based on strong families and a world-class early learning system for all children prenatal through grade 3. Accessible, accountable, and developmentally and culturally appropriate, our system partners with families to ensure that every child is healthy, capable, and confident in school and in life.”

Services

Available Services

Infant Mental Health

Our Infant Mental Health Consultant supports relationships between teacher and child through consultative meetings. Services include:

  • Nurturing positive social and emotional development of children
  • Provide resources to the teachers and directors around community resources
  • Support around developmental screenings
  • Consultation with teachers regarding children with identified special needs
  • Empowering teachers to utilize strategies in the classroom that support all children

Infant and Toddler Nurse Consultation

A Nurse Consultant connects with all participants on a monthly basis, checking in to see if they need support or resources. Support includes:

  • Monthly check in visits to toddler classrooms and licensed family child care homes
  • Resources on picky eaters, nutrition, and feeding
  • Advice on medication management
  • Answers about immunizations
  • Information on safe sleep practices and/or sleep problems
  • Answers to questions about health/hygiene procedures
  • Assistance with family communication around health issues

Filming Interactions to Nurture Development (FIND)

FIND is a strengths-based video coaching program designed for Early Learning. The Infant and Toddler Coach will film interactions between the child and teacher and then the video will be condensed into a short 3-minute segment that is shared with the Infant Toddler Provider. The focus of FIND is to:

  • Promote attentive, responsive interactions (i.e. Serve and Return) between caregivers and the children in their care
  • Reduce caregiving stress
  • Increase caregiver sense of competence
Infant Toddler Regional Consultation Project

“I now have multiple resources and tools thanks to this program. Not only has the program benefited our classroom but our individual lives as well. Thank you!”

Child Care Provider Participant

“The focus of the program is to support teachers in creating positive environments and meaningful and intentional interactions, and the families that we serve are very grateful for the collaborative approach.”

Child Care Provider Participant

Program Contacts

Who to Contact

Michelle Aguilar

Child Care Aware Manager

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3363

Email: Michelle.Aguilar@esd112.org

ECE State Resources

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