Infant-Toddler Specialists of Indiana
Stakeholders’ Strategic Planning Meeting
Brief Summary of Discussion & Recommendations
Meeting Date: June 21, 2007
Betsy Ray UTS-ProKids
Dee Love Purdue Extension
Janice Englander Imagination Station/ IT Mental Health
Katz Assoc. (follow-up meeting)
Jim Elicker Purdue University
Karen Copeland IAEYC/TEACH
Judy Tonk IAEYC
Lisa Henley IACCRR/Better Baby Care
Phyllis Kikendall Healthy Families Indiana
Susan Lightle Head Start-State Collaboration Office
Please write clearly your recommendations for each of these issues!
1. What are the key agencies and organizations that need to be involved in the
development of an infant-toddler credential? Who needs to be at the table for this
- Head Start
- Bureau of Child Care/QRS
- First Steps
- Dept. of Education
- Success by Six (Ted Maple)
- FACS teachers (high school)
- Parents as Teachers
- Business contacts/ Workforce Development (businesses with child care
interests; E.g. Lilly)
- Violence shelters – Christian Endres – Christian Endress
2. What are the purposes of the credential? Goals and objectives?
- Increase quality of care/education for infants/toddlers
- Acknowledge the work/ Give value and recognition
- Professionalize I-T work
- Help advance careers
- Keep professionals’ knowledge consistent, current
- Encourage renewal and continued education
- Increase child development knowledge
- Improve family support and education
- Create a professional network to share resources
- Reduce staff turnover
- Build leadership and encourage professionals to share and educate others.
3. Will there be more than one credential? Two or more credentials for specific
groups of professionals? A multi-level credential?
There seemed to be consensus that a two level credential would be useful:
Basic Level: (credits or training hours in specific areas)
CDA-Infant/Toddler or equivalent
Professional involvement + experience
Credits or training hours in specific competency areas
Advanced Level : (additional credits + training emphasis/ credit)
Degree in CD/ECE (Associate or Bachelor?)
Opportunities to specialize
Include a renewal provision
The group also endorsed the idea of more than one “pathway” to demonstrating
competencies for each of these levels.
4. Who will be eligible for the credential? Is it voluntary or mandatory?
Anyone working w/infant/toddlers
Basic level should be mandatory, for some purposes (what purposes?); advanced
or renewal could be voluntary
Get existing systems to make the credential a job requirement.
Make the credential mandatory in some systems: (e.g., make a part of higher QRS
5. What are the core knowledge and competencies that should be required?
Check various existing organizations’ competencies to coordinate and link
- Healthy Families America. (Trainers)
- Parents As Teacher – (train the trainers)
- Head Start performance standards
- Foundations to the Indiana Standards, Infant/Toddler section
- Zero to Three? Do they have recommended competencies for
Other competency areas to include:
- Heath and safety
- Child development
- Brain development
- DAP activities and guidance
- EC learning environments
- Family relations (See IPDS Chart)
- See the School Age Child Care Credential
- Importance of observation
- Diversity/ Multi-cultural
- Infant mental health
- Awareness of Resources
- B-3 curriculum
- ITERS/Assessment/Quality improvement
- Observe in accredited program/active participation
6. How should the credential link to existing regulatory and education systems?
Map systems serving infants/toddlers now.
Make sure Credential appears in Paths to Quality (QRS) levels criteria? Level 3 or 4
– Staff (CCRR/ IT spec/ raters)
Can it be included in licensing rules?
Links with existing Degree programs?
Early Head Start teacher requirements?
First Steps provider requirements? As a part of certification process? Basic path of
initial First Steps Credential requirements?
Better Baby Care Course
Parents as Teachers- training of trainers (one pathway to the I/T credential)
Healthy Families competencies : 40 hrs core; 90 hrs wrap around; total 130 hrs
Share training across programs to meet credential requirements
Could connect to the credentialing requirements that are already required to become
a provider and maintain the status
Infant Mental Health (See proposed competencies; Angie Tomlin)
Healthy Families (Phyllis): 11 modules in training program are competency Based –
Offer CEUs for renewals
7. What existing education/training systems will help professionals attain the
credential(s)? What specifically can they offer?
- See ideas above in #6
- ITSI Institute and Distance Class
- Extension Educators
- First Steps Training
- Sunny Start
- Healthy Families
- Ivy Tech: CDA, Associate degree
8. How should mastery of the credential competencies and core knowledge be
demonstrated and assessed?
- Observation (By whom?); Use existing systems for observation (What
- Completion of credit courses
- Create a portfolio
- Documentation of learning activities applied to areas of competencies
- Records of activities
- E-learning—documented completion
- CD based system – Online assessment. E.g. HFI “Building Blocks for
Healthier Families” training program
- Professional development service
- Advocacy documentation
9. What organization is best suited to assess, award, and maintain records for the
10. How will the credential system be funded? What are the key components that need
to be funded?
- Colleges and universities : articulation with degree requirements
- Professional organizations-- IAEYC
- Child Care Bureau (Lobby for additional funding from CC quality dollars)
- Businesses – other ages