Infant-Toddler Specialist Network: KCCTO-KITS Partnership
The University of Kansas through the Kansas In-service Training System (KITS) in partnership with Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities, Inc. (KCCTO) will addressing the training and technical assistance needs of childcare providers across the state of Kansas. This projects is designed to improve the quality and availability of infant-toddler childcare for families. This work is accomplished through in-person community based training, online live training events, and instructor directed online training with self-study materials.
Professional development and technical assistant is provided to infant-toddler child care providers through a model based on intensity of service. These levels of intensity reflect principles of both adult learning and results based staff development and are addressed at the levels of: Level 1-proactive/general issues of staff development and TA, Level 2-focused staff development and TA, and Level 3-intesnvie staff development and TA. Each of these Levels has a variety of activities through which skill development is achieved and will be accomplished through research validated strategies and based in principles of adult learning through advising, consultation, mentoring, and coaching. The level of intensity of contact is accomplished through activities, results-based training, dissemination of information via the KCCTO and KITS websites, utilization of listservs, provision of intensive technical assistance and development of content specific technical assistance packages for practitioners in the field based on evidence based and recommended practices and resources.