Consultation Services

Infant-Toddler Specialists

Do you work with infants, toddlers and or twos? It is amazing how quickly they can learn from their caregivers, their environment, and their experiences.

Our Infant Toddler Child Care Specialist Program offers you resources and support as you work with children from birth to age 3. Our Infant Toddler Child Care Specialists can offer visits onsite or virtually.

Our Infant Toddler Care Specialists can work with and support your program through:

  • Environmental design for infants, toddlers, and twos that is focused on safety, space arrangement, and high-quality materials.
  • Activity recommendations that are engaging, easy-to-implement, and developmentally appropriate.
  • Transition strategies that reduce stress for you, your staff, and the children as they encounter new experiences and people.  
  • Developing relationships and communicating with your families.
  • Planning daily routines that support positive-growth, socialization, and development. 
  • Positive Strategies for managing challenging/or disruptive behavior.
  • Engagement strategies for building relationships and communications with families.
  • Enhancing the quality of licensed centers and homes through carefully planned environments that promote optimal development and learning for children. Support, training, consultation and resources are offered to assist providers in understanding of quality improvement, as well as participating in ExceleRate Illinois

If you or your program are caring for children from birth to age 3, or are preparing to do so, contact the Infant Toddler Child Care Specialist program today by completing the form below. Illinois Action for Children’s Infant Toddler Child Care Specialists are available at no cost to you through our partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).

Additional Infant and Toddler Development Resources

  • ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
  • The Program for Infant and Toddler Care is a series of individualized trainings based on the ideas of providing quality child care based on small groups, using models of continuity and primary care, and are culturally responsive and inclusive of all children’s special needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Nothing. Because of our funding through the Illinois Department of Human Services we are able to provide free services.

No. We are not a regulatory program.

No, we do not give away toys. But we would be glad to meet with you to talk about what toys you already have, ways to use them to creatively play with your children, and resources available to you to purchase other resources?

While we do offer support and quality coaching services to programs completing a Circle of Quality, we cannot complete your application for you.

Yes. We provide trainings throughout the year including topics like: the Program for Infant and Toddler Care, brain development in young children, positive discipline, ITERS-R, and play and learning.

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Learn More

All onsite consultations are suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.

To learn more about Infant Toddler Program or to schedule an appointment, please call:

Terese Quarino
Program Manager of Consultation Programs
773.769.8017

Infant-Toddler Specialists
Rosario Rodriguez (English and Spanish)

Quality Specialist
Beatrice Theodore (English)