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Right from the Start

Right from the Start
Infant/Toddler Initiative

Right from the Start is an Infant/Toddler Initiative program designed to continuously improve the quality of infant and toddler care.  Recognizing the importance of the first three years of life, Right from the Start is committed to increase infant capacity in centers and enhance the professional development of infant/toddler teachers, which will improve the quality of care in infant and toddler programs.

Infant/Toddler Professional Development Initiative

Right from the Start will assist infant/toddler teachers to obtain certification through a higher education program focused on quality infant/toddler care.

Right from the Start will assist infant/toddler teachers to obtain the 120 hour training requirement for the Child Development Associate Credential with Infant-Toddler endorsement.

Infant/toddler teachers will also have ongoing support from the Infant Toddler Specialist or the Training and Development Specialist in the following areas:

  • On site coaching visits and technical assistance on quality infant and toddler care
  • Collaborative Community of Practice (CoP) meetings

 

Infant Capacity/Building Initiative

Right from the Start will support the opening of high-quality infant rooms in centers.

The centers will receive ongoing support from the Infant Toddler Specialist or Training and Development Specialist in the following areas:

  • Professional Development for infant and toddler teachers
  • On site coaching visits and technical assistance on quality infant and toddler care
  • Stipends for materials in the new infant classroom.

Infant and Toddler Support

 

Consultation

The Infant/Toddler Specialist is available by phone or on site for individualized consultation to address concerns or questions providers may have regarding the care of infants, toddlers, and twos. Some examples of assistance that can be provided are:

  • How infants and toddlers learn
  • Developmental appropriate learning activities
  • Guidance and discipline
  • Working with families
  • Understanding cultural differences
  • Room arrangement
  • Choosing the most appropriate materials for the environment
  • Health/safety concerns
  • and more…..

Quest

Quest is a 120 hour training program that is part of the Right from the Start initiative.  Created to help assist teachers with obtaining the professional education requirements for the Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program with an Infant Toddler endorsement, Quest infuses a hands-on approach for participants to learn concepts through learning stations.  Teachers also use tablets to access the internet to explore relevant resources, with Smart Board technology to collaborate and review training materials.  In addition, all participants receive coaching visits to support their implementation of the training content and navigation through the credentialing process.

For more information about the Right from the Start Infant/Toddler Initiative or to discuss questions/concerns you may have about infants and toddlers in your care please contact:

Infant/Toddler Training and Development Specialist
Jaime Holevas at jholevas@elcpinellas.net or (727) 400-4432

Infant/Toddler Specialist
Suzanne Silkie at ssilkie@elcpinellas.net or (727) 400-4493

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