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The next application phase for Cohorts 5 & 6 will open in the Spring 2023

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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.

What We Do

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.

We have also attached our project overview below.

ITTI Care Project Overview

Why Trauma-Informed Care?

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:

  • Infant toddler specialists
  • Child care health consultants
  • Community college early childhood practicum supervisors
  • Technical assistance practitioners from local Smart Start and CCR&R organizations
  • Early care & education organizations
  • 33 Child Care Centers
  • 8 Family Child Care Homes
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For more information email the ITTI Care Project Director, Ennis Baker: