Our findings from the Infant-Toddler Essential Elements project describe key aspects of effective infant and toddler early care and education programs.
We studied effective infant and toddler early care and education programs as part of a project called Infant-Toddler Essential Elements. This project aimed to identify and promote these key elements across Minnesota and beyond. We summarized our findings in a report.
Selected and oversaw the efforts of these national experts who evaluated current research and identified evidence-based program practices and features critical to the effectiveness of programs that serve infants and toddlers at risk.
Conducted discussions in collaboration with the Minnesota Departments of Education and Human Services to arrive at a consensus of essential elements.
Prepared a report and recommendations to the State of Minnesota summarizing the research, analyzing the findings, and defining the essential elements.
A collection of resources on topics related to child development and classroom environments, these tip sheets offer useful information for those who work with young children, as well as for parents and caregivers.
A collection of resources on topics of relevance to early childhood educators and others who work with young children, as well as to parents and caregivers. Is there a topic you’d like to see covered? Email us.
These tip sheets were authored by Kareen Smith as part of the grant “Special Project to Provide Technical Assistance, Inservice Training, and Site Development for Positive Behavioral Support Strategies for Students with Disabilities,” from the U.S. Department of Education. Principal investigators for the project were Scott McConnell, Ph.D., of the UMN Institute on Community Integration, and Carolyn Elliott of the Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning.
Learn about the importance of the early years with this educational video series: Part 1: Brain Architecture, Part 2: Serve and Return, Part 3: Stress, Part 4: Pay Now or Pay Later, and Part 5: Resilience.
This five-part series of educational videos presents an accessible overview of children’s brain development and stresses the impact of the early years on the rest of our lives.
The videos were developed in collaboration with Institute of Child Development Director Megan Gunnar, PhD, as part of CEED’s Project for Babies. This project aimed to improve health and developmental outcomes for children by presenting evidence for special attention to their earliest experiences and interactions.
The program includes online and in-person coursework that draws on infant and mental health principles. Coursework aims to help individuals understand early social and emotional development and work with parents with special considerations. The program also includes online reflective consultation.
We partner with the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare to offer online training and reflective consultation, publications, and events that apply child development research to the child welfare system.
We partner with the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) to offer online training and reflective consultation, publications, and events that apply child development theory to professional development and services within the child welfare system.
Ongoing work includes:
Development, launch, and evaluation of a pilot training credential program for professionals in the field. The program focuses on understanding infant and early childhood mental health.