Infant/Toddler Specialist Network
Each early learning coalition has a designated representative assigned to the Infant/Toddler Specialist Network. Network representatives get training, technical assistance and resources that they pass on to local providers to help improve overall quality for birth to 3 programs. The network holds monthly meetings to discuss training opportunities and needs, research, resources and best practices in caring for children birth to age 3. There are also webinars and on-site training. Infant/toddler care providers should be familiar with the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards. Enrolling in the corresponding courses helps them get that training.
For more information, contact Erin Smeltzer at Erin.Smeltzer@oel.myflorida.com or 850-717-8602.
Overview of the Office of Child Care's State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) by Holly Wilcher
The SCBC works with State and Territory leaders and their partners to create innovative early childhood systems and programs that improve results for children and families. SCBC focuses on enhancing the effectiveness of programs implemented under the Child Care and Development Fund, improving the quality and supply of infant-toddler services, and advancing the development of early childhood systems. Holly Wilcher is the Region IV Infant-Toddler Specialist for the federal Office of Child Care’s State Capacity Building Center (SCBC). Ms. Wilcher is also a Senior Infant Toddler Technical Assistance Specialist for ICF International and a former Senior Research Analyst for the early Head Start National Resource Center at Zero to Three.
ELC Infant-Toddler Specialist Network
Erin Smeltzer, School Readiness Program Manager and Katerina Maroney from OEL’s Program Integrity & Policy Unit, provide an overview of House Bill 1091. During the 2018 legislative session, the Florida Legislature passed a bill (HB 1091) that increases quality and accountability in the School Readiness Program. This legislation will ensure that School Readiness providers are adhering to best practices in early education and child development, while providing opportunities for additional funding.