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Welcome to ITTI Care!

Welcome to the ITTI Care Project! 

We are currently in the training phase of our 5th Cohort.

Please see below to learn more about us and the research we are doing across the state of North Carolina. 

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What We Do

Our goal is to build a professional development framework for the infant/toddler child care workforce across the state of North Carolina to promote trauma-informed child care.

We accomplish this goal by training and supporting early childhood professionals providing coaching (technical assistance, consultation, mentoring, practicum support, etc.) to effectively promote trauma-informed child care in their current roles.

These coaches will, in turn, train and coach teachers, family child care home professionals and child care administrators to:

  1. Promote understanding of the impacts of stress and trauma on infants and toddlers
  2. Develop skills to form supportive, resilience-building relationships and learning environments
  3. Identify strategies to support child care provider health and well-being

This model will leverage the existing North Carolina early care & education workforce support system to expand and strengthen trauma-informed knowledge and practice within the communities they serve.

The ITTI Care Project is committed to partnering with early care & education systems across the state of North Carolina to promote a strong and resilient early care & education workforce and early childhood system of care.

The ITTI Care Project is supported by funding from the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education and is aligned with The Competency Guidelines for Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®

To learn more about ITTI Care, please review the following 14-minute video that we prepared for the Center of Excellence for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation March 2022 Conference.

Builds ADULT Wellbeing

Adults cannot effectively care for children if they are not supported and cared for themselves

Focuses On Relationships

Responsive relationships are more predictive of outcomes than teacher credentials or quality of instruction

Fosters A Safe Environment

Consistent, predictable, and structured environments reduce stress

Strengthens Communities

Strong communities prioritize equity, cultural responsiveness, and collaboration and prevent isolation


Who has participated? Since the fall of 2019, we have had the honor of partnering with:

  • Birth-3 Specialists
  • Healthy Social Behavior Specialists
  • Child Care Health Consultants
  • Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health consultants
  • Community college early childhood practicum supervisors
  • Technical assistance practitioners from local Smart Start and CCR&R organizations
  • Early care & education organizations
  • 41 Child Care Centers
  • 8 Family Child Care Homes
Updated Cohort Map
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ITTI Care (Infant/Toddler Trauma-Informed Care) Project is an early childhood model in North Carolina that seeks to promote trauma-informed, relationship-based care in child care centers and family child care homes serving children under three.

For more information email the ITTI Care Project Director, Ennis Baker: