About ITSN

What is ITSN?

The Infant Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) works to elevate the standards of care in early childhood settings by increasing the knowledge, skill level, and confidence of those who care for infants and toddlers. The ITSN provides opportunities for specialized training, technical assistance, and coaching with highly skilled specialists.

The ITSN offers support at no cost to early childhood educators in all Alabama counties and across all settings – licensed centers, exempt centers, and family or group care homes.

Who can participate? ITSN supports child care centers and/or providers who:

  • Are licensed or license-exempt
  • Care for children ages 0-36 months
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The ITSN Rationale

According to Zero to Three, the first three years of a child’s life are uniquely important because, during this period, a child’s brain produces more than a million neural connections each second! The development of the brain is influenced by many factors, including a child’s relationships, experiences, and environment. The experiences a child has during these years will shape the architecture of the brain and build the connections that allow the development of lifelong skills like problem-solving, communication, self-control, and relationship building.

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Early Opportunities

Because of this crucial, from birth to three, developmental period, it is important to ensure children receive high-quality early care and education that provides warm, secure child-caregiver bonds.

When infant and toddler educators are responsive to children’s needs, early learning opportunities are possible!

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ITSN's Promise

  • To provide Knowledge of infant and toddler cognitive, communication, physical, and social & emotional development and best practices
  • to be a Relationship builder with caregivers through the Infant Toddler Specialist Network,
  • and to Elevate their professional approach of caring for 0-3 through a collaborative partnership, which in turn elevates both the teaching and 0-3 experience.
  • [Coaching] has helped me alot with my knowledge of infant and toddlers plus having a coach who understands the age appropriate elements.  I have grown so much as a teacher and have begun to learn and understand more for my age group.

    A teacher of young toddlers
    at a licensed center in Gadsden
  • My Coach has been extremely wonderful. Her ideas and advice have allowed me to rearrange and make everything child accessible.

    A teacher of infants
    at an exempt center in Montgomery
  • I’m enjoying my infant toddler coaching time. It’s been a great experience.

    Family child care home provider
    Opelika, Alabama
  • I feel so much more confident in my toddler classroom now than I was three months ago.

  • [Coach] was super kind and helpful! I learned a lot from her!

  • I love the coaching assistance. It is a great addition to help add good improvements.

  • I have learned a lot, have added some new interactions to our setting, and it’s going well.