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About ITTI Care

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ITTI Care Project Model - Concentric Circles

What is the ITTI Care Project?

The Infant-Toddler Trauma-Informed Care (ITTI Care) Project is designed to strengthen relationship-based care for infants and toddlers. The goal of the ITTI Care Project is to promote a warm, stress-free community that is supportive for both adults and children.The coaches who are trained in the ITTI Care Project work with teachers, center directors, and child care family homes throughout North Carolina. They learn more about relationship-based care and how stress can affect babies, toddlers, and adults too. Coaching within ITTI Care focuses on building strong relationships between teachers, children and families. It also gives teachers tools to help children learn to manage challenges and stress.The ITTI Care Project leverages the existing early childhood education workforce support system to expand and strengthen trauma-informed knowledge and practice within the communities they serve.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. Project staff train and support classroom coaches to become experts in trauma-informed child care.These ITTI Care-trained coaches will train and coach infant/toddler teachers and child care administrators to:

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

Who has participated?

Since the fall of 2019, we have had the honor of working 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
  • 29 Child care centers
  • 8 Family Child Care Homes

MAP of Centers who have participated with ITTI Care over the past 3 Cohorts