An ITSN is a state-based system that supports and coordinates the work of specialists who serve infant and toddler care providers. Although each state uses different strategies and approaches, the common goal is to create a community of professional development and peer support that leads to better quality experiences for infants and toddlers. You can read more about infant-toddler specialist networks across the country on the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Child Care website.
In 2019, the Texas Workforce Commission sought a partner to establish an ITSN for Texas. TWC’s goal was to “improve teacher practices and increase availability and quality of infant and toddler care by providing specialized technical assistance, professional development, and collaboration with other programs serving infants and toddlers.” The Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) was awarded the grant and began preparations in 2020.
CLI’s approach for the Texas ITSN includes bringing specialists and teachers together for a wide variety of professional development and peer networking support. To learn more about the Texas ITSN training opportunities, visit our training calendar.
Through the Texas ITSN, CLI is able to offer resources and tools to organizations that regularly support infant and toddler teachers. We want to connect with your specialists! In addition to all the resources on our website, your organization may have access to many more tools through the state systems leveraged for the Texas ITSN. Click each button below to learn more about our Teacher, and Specialist (including certification) programs.