The NC Infant Toddler Quality Enhancement Project (NC ITQEP) Management Team has just finished the pilot of the New Infant Toddler Teacher Orientation (NITTO) course on the Division of Child Development and Early Education’s Moodle site with overwhelmingly positive feedback!
The course is designed to support new teachers working with children ages birth through three in their understanding of child development, the importance of relationships and age-appropriate behavior guidance. Child care administrators are provided with a packet of information to support their staff members as they become oriented to the classroom and their important role as early educators.
The self-paced course is written to be completed by participants over six weeks as they dive into content related to NC child care resources, brain development, routine care, classroom environments, behavior guidance and self-care. NITTO content includes activities that are interactive and engaging, and directly relevant to classroom practice. Each section contains downloadable resources to be shared with child care administrators and coworkers.
Currently, NC ITQEP is in the process of connecting Regional Infant Toddler Specialists with recent completers of the course for follow-up technical assistance related to the course material. NC ITQEP is thrilled to continue this work with infant and toddler teachers across the state to improve child learning and health outcomes, teacher job satisfaction and retention and supportive family relationships.