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 Monique Wilkinson at Monique.Wilkinson@oel.myflorida.com or 850-717-8563
Updates on School Readiness Initiatives - September 2021
Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Part 2: "Looking Beyond Milestones: Observing Social-Emotional Patterns and Interactions” - August 2021
Dr. Anne Hogan of USF Infant-Family Center and Cindy Horwitz, LCSW of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health present developmental information and suggestions to support ECE professionals in their classroom observations to support building social competence and relationships.
This webinar provides an overview of a federal infant-toddler trauma-responsive care training-for-trainers (TFT) pilot currently being implemented in five states, and resources available for supporting children, families and child care program staff with trauma-related issues.
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.
Overview of Infant Mental Health - February 2021
Dr. Anne Hogan and Dr. Lisa Negrini of the University of South Florida, and Cindy Horwitz from the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health, provide an overview of infant mental health and its connection to principles of child development and quality child care.
Lisa S. Negrini, Ph.D., LCSW, is the Chief Operating Officer of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Family Study Center and the Clinical and Training Director at the USFSP Infant-Family Center, with 30 years of experience in child and family mental health, evidence-based interventions, training and professional development, infant mental health, family systems, trauma and non-profit leadership.
Cindy Horwitz, LCSW, MPH, IMH-E ® is Florida Association for Infant Mental Health (FAIMH)’s Endorsement Coordinator, responsible for the oversight of FAIMH’s Infant Mental Health Endorsement infrastructure. She supports and advocates for professionals working with and on behalf of children 0-5 and their families by promoting evidenced-based and best practice infant mental health therapies and modalities.
Dr. Anne Hogan has a PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Miami. She is a faculty member of the University of South Florida Infant Family Mental Health Certificate Program, directed the FSU Harris Institute for Infant Mental Health Training from 2002-2013, and is a co-author of the FSU Center for Prevention & Early Intervention Policy’s Partners for a Healthy Baby Curriculum. She continues to provide training and consultation throughout Florida.
OEL Infant - Toddler PDGR Updates - November 2020
Using the Skills of Composure and Empathy - October 2020
The ability of adults to maintain composure, self-regulate and empathize with children in times of stress and upset is critical. Conscious Discipline Master Instructor Vicky Hepler describes and demonstrates strategies for adults to recognize and mitigate their own stress responses in order to attune to the needs of infants and toddlers and support social-emotional development and early mental health.
Encoding the World for Infants and Toddlers - May 2020
Dr. Pam Phelps presents on “Encoding the World for Infants and Toddlers” – the importance of using language to help infants and toddlers understand the world and their experiences, and help build the foundation for the executive function skills necessary for learning and life.
Alligators All Around: Understanding the Biting Child - September 2020
Dr. Pam describes the developmental and environmental reasons behind biting and provides strategies to mitigate behavior.
Dr. Pamela C. Phelps, Ph. D. is an internationally renowned expert on early childhood development and learning. “Dr. Pam” is the owner/operator of Creative Preschool in Tallahassee and the author of Beyond Centers and Circle Time© and Beyond Cribs and Rattles© curricula. Dr. Pam has written numerous articles on child development, directed research and contributed to several statewide early childhood projects, including the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards.
Understanding Typical Child Development to Support Early Identfication of Developmental Delay and special Needs, Part 3: Coaching - March 2020
Understanding Typical Child Development to Support Early Identification of Developmental Delay and Special Needs, Part 2: Best Practices - January 2020
Dr. Louise Boothby continues her series in a highly informative session focusing on best practices in supporting child development in infant and toddler classrooms.
Dr. Boothby is an infant-toddler developmental consultant with 40 years of experience. She is a former special education teacher, former director of the Early Steps Program at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, and is a Florida-certified Infant-Toddler Developmental Specialist. Dr. Boothby contracted with the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County and developed a training program called STAR Babies, designed for high-quality infant-toddler teachers to enhance their skills. She is a national trainer with the FSU Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy and the Partners for a Healthy Baby home visiting curriculum.
Considerations for Coaching in Family Child Care Programs by Tina Jiminez, Office of Child Care State Capacity-Building Center
In this webinar, we will identify the features that make family child care unique and consider the coaching implications for these unique features, review a reflective process to support family child care providers and discuss questions about family child care.
Tina Jiminez is honored to serve as an Infant Toddler Specialist for the State Capacity-Building Center (SCBC). She collaborates with CCDF lead agencies to promote and sustain effective early childhood systems change that supports positive outcomes for children and families. She has a M.A. from Pacific Oaks College with specializations in Leadership and Developmental Education.
Tina has had the good fortune to serve diverse children and families in many capacities for more than 30 years. She began her early childhood career as a family child care provider. Her background includes: family child care leadership and advocacy, infant/toddler assessment and coaching, and co-leading statewide quality improvement initiatives for First 5 California. She has a passion for infants and toddlers which was fueled by 10 years of work with the Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC).
Increasing Breastfeeding Duration: From Prenatal Care to the Child Care Center by Mirine Dye, FSU Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy
In this webinar, we will update current feeding recommendations and the newest research around breastmilk feeding. We will also discuss common challenges for new mothers using childcare centers who are providing breastmilk for baby. How can caregivers show support for the breastfeeding mother? What prenatal interactions may promote the initiation of breastfeeding and increase the duration of breastfeeding after returning to work or school?
Mirine Dye is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and received her Master’s in Public Health from Florida International University. Ms. Dye’s 20-year career includes work in hospitals and public health programs including Healthy Start and WIC. Her training experience includes her current position with Florida State University, as well previous work with the Florida Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting and Healthy Families Florida.
OEL provides updates for the 10 Components of Quality Infant & Toddler Care training initiative, a brief introduction to Implementation Science and previews the topic and speaker for the September 2019 webinar.
Face-to-Face Connection: The Key to Cooperation by Angela Fraley, CCDI
Connecting with infants and toddlers through one-on-one, face-to-face interactions is the key to building a child’s brain and building relationships that support children’s capacity for impulse control and cooperation. Ms. Fraley presents strategies to facilitate these critical interactions throughout the daily routine in an infant or toddler classroom, based on Conscious Discipline’s I Love You Rituals.
Angela Fraley is a Certified Conscious Discipline Master Instructor based in Oklahoma. She has over ten years with Conscious Discipline and over 20 years in early childhood education (including extensive work with Family and Children’s Services, Head Start and Parents as Teachers). She spent the first half of her career teaching pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 3rd grade and 4th grade in a Tulsa-area school, followed by nearly a decade in the early childhood program of the Community Action Project of Tulsa County. She has experience as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach and as the agency’s Early Childhood Program’s Training Specialist.
Staff from the FSU Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy will provide an overview of the 10 Components of Quality Infant and Toddler Care, in preparation for the 10 Components train-the-trainer sessions taking place 2019-2021. Coalition infant-toddler specialists, program managers, certified coaches and lead trainers are encouraged to attend.
Understanding Typical Child Development to Support Early Identification of Developmental Delay and Special Needs by Dr. Louise Boothby
Teachers of infants and toddlers are very important to the care and education of our youngest children. Early identification of developmental delay/special needs is greatly enhanced when these caregivers understand typical child development. When an infant or toddler’s milestones do not match their chronological age, this discrepancy deserves individualized attention.
Dr. Boothby is an infant-toddler developmental consultant with 40 years of experience. She is a former special education teacher, former director of the Early Steps Program at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, and is a Florida-certified Infant-Toddler Developmental Specialist. Dr. Boothby contracted with the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County and developed a 10-week training program called STAR Babies, designed for high-quality infant-toddler teachers to enhance their skills. She is a national trainer with the FSU Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy and the Partners for a Healthy Baby home visiting curriculum.
My Brain First, Then Your Brain - Reflective Practice and Emotional Regulation by Jacki Malone, LCSW/ACSW
Understanding how our brain functions helps in understanding how mental and emotional states develop, and allows us to reflect on our own emotional states when engaging in early childhood work. Reflection and learning begins with us impacting how we approach a child, a parent, a teacher and directors. My Brain First, Then Your Brain - Reflective Practice and Emotional Regulation addresses the intersection of brain function, emotions and self-reflection. Techniques for self-reflection, assisting others with emotional regulation, and engaging in reflection on our own mental and emotional states are suggested. Jacki Malone, LCSW, ACSW works as a therapist in the Family Study Center Infant Family Clinic at the University of South Florida, Saint Petersburg campus. The Family Study Center supports children's positive early relationships to improve lifelong health and development. The Center staff provide services, education and research to build a strong co-parenting and family frame-work that promotes the social and emotional development of all children during the first five years of life. The Center engages in research and policy advocacy, provides clinical services and provides training and infant family mental health specialists workforce development.
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.
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.