How Can the Infant and Toddler Specialist help?

The Infant and Toddler Specialist will work closely with you to achieve the ultimate goal of improving your overall child care services. Licensed child care providers will receive assistance in identification of special needs; learning to implement evidence based practices and learn content related to Healthy Beginnings: Supporting Development and Learning from Birth to Three Years of Age. Providers will enjoy personalized mentoring while learning new ways to effectively interact and evaluate infants and toddlers. Call today to get started!

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These services are offered through a variety of formats including over the phone, on-site visits and off-site visits, via email and mail correspondence and may include observation, assessments, support and monitoring.

Contact Infant and Toddler Specialist

Infant and Toddler Specialist
Phone: 410-288-4900 ext. 233
Fax: 410-288-3943
CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A FREE SITE VISIT/CONSULTATION!

Child Care Links Resource and Referral Center for Baltimore County
1101 North Point Blvd Ste. 112
Baltimore, MD 21224

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. A child in my child care program is biting. Should I be concerned?
A. The most challenging part is determining the reason why the child is biting. Each child and situation should be handled differently. I suggest contacting Child Care Links to set up a free behavior consultation. Early intervention is best! Call as soon as you have concerns.

Q. I am a family child care provider and care for children ages 6 weeks-12 years old. I find it difficult to plan activities that engage all of the children at the same time. What can I do?
A. Working with a large age range is challenging! Planning activities in advance and offering a more challenging version of the activity, for older children, could be helpful. Older children typically enjoy helping younger children. Try having an older child lead a story time activity or organize a simple game or finger play with music. Contact Child Care Links and ask for the Infant and Toddler Specialist. She can share ideas that have worked for child care providers!

Q. I know reading to infants and toddlers is important. I just find myself getting frustrated when they destroy my books! What can I do?
A. Little ones are learning about their environment and do so by touching, feeling and tasting. A child mouthing a book is doing so much more than “destroying” your books! They are exploring the “feel” and texture of the book by using their mouth. They might also be teething—be sure to provide teething toys and other toys that can later be sterilized. Try adding vinyl books that can be wiped down or cloth books that can be tossed in the washing machine. Hard cover books and book with cardboard pages are easy for younger children to practice turning pages. Yard sales, flea markets and used book stores are great places to shop for inexpensive books.

Q. I have been looking for a good book of ideas and information online. I want to know what infants and toddlers should be doing at certain ages. Do you know where I can find information for free?
A. Visit www.marylandhealthybeginnings.org and learn about how you can support children’s development from birth-three years of age. You can take advantage of the free activity ideas broken down by age. You can print any part of the document and have it available in your program. Call Child Care Links and ask for the Infant and Toddler Specialist. She can walk you through the website and tell you how you can receive a copy for free (while supplies last)!