Infant-Toddler Essential Elements

The Infant-Toddler Essential Elements project generated a document that describes the essential elements for effective infant and toddler early care and education programs. The project also aimed to promote these key elements across Minnesota and beyond.

The premise was based on the 2006 Governor’s Summit document of The 10 Essential Elements of Effective Early Care and Education Programs, by Arthur Reynolds, Ph.D., and Susan Neuman, Ed.D., which focuses on preschool. This project focused on essential elements related to infant and toddler early care and education programs, birth to three.

For the project, we:

  • Developed criteria for choosing two national experts on infant and toddler development who would approach the work with developmental and family strengths perspectives. The two national experts were Helen Raikes, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Charlyn Harper Browne, Ph.D., from the Center for the Study of Social Policy, Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood.
  • 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.

The project was funded by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and was a collaboration between MDE, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and CEED.


Essential Elements of Quality Infant-Toddler Programs – Final Report (June 29, 2012)

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