DCRC’s Infant and Toddler Initiative focuses on promoting the healthy social and emotional development of infants (ages 4 weeks through 18 months) and toddlers (ages 18 – 36 months). At the core of the approach to promote resilience in infants and toddlers is the use of nationally standardized, strength- based measures of within-child protective factors. The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment for Infants and Toddlers may be completed by both parents and caregivers and provides reliable and valid data to promote young children’s social and emotional development. Strategy resources for professionals and families are designed to ensure that screening and assessment data is incorporated into planning efforts for the home and care settings that strengthen children’s protective factors. All of the resources support adults in understanding the following:
- Why a focus on infant/toddler resilience is so critical at this young age
- How to collect information that informs strategy implementation to optimize a child’s social and emotional development
- How all adults working with the child and family can collaborate to work effectively as a team
- How to continually evaluate the status of resilience building efforts to ensure that the desired outcomes are achieved.
DCRC’s Infant and Toddler Initiative focuses on supporting professionals and communities in creating effective resilience-building systems. DCRC Infant and Toddler specialists offer a variety of training and technical assistance options to early childhood programs, Part C providers, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants and other professionals and programs serving infants and toddlers. All professional development and technical assistance options are adapted to best meet the unique needs of the particular programs and communities.