A Director’s View on Professional Development with ITITA

Kayla and Sara in professional development virtual meeting

In this video, ITITA Specialist Kayla Absher interviews Sara Dugger, director of Creative Beginnings of Lenoir. Sara shares how PAS (program administration scale) helped her in her role as a director as well as the impact professional development opportunities have had on her teacher participating in ITITA.

What is ITITA?

The Infant Toddler Intensive Technical Assistance (ITITA) Model Pilot is a three-year project funded by the N.C. Department of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) from September 2018 through September 2021. The primary goals of the model pilot project are to train and support technical assistance (TA) specialists to become ‘Master TAs.’ In addition, the project will determine if intensive, long-term support, based on strong relationships can sustain change and growth in early childhood providers. TAs are focusing on improving teacher-child interactions and leadership skills in directors, which in turn will provide better outcomes for children and families. This project is currently being piloted at Randolph County Partnership for Children, The Children’s Council of Watauga County and Child Care Resource Center in Region 10. Learn more about ITITA.

Kayla Absher is an Infant-Toddler Specialist with the Infant-Toddler T/A Model Pilot Project. She has been working on this project for two years through The Children’s Council in Watauga County. Since graduating from college in 2016, Kayla has held various early childhood teaching positions that led her to working on this project. Kayla is passionate about helping children grow and develop in their own unique ways.

Stay tuned for our next video blog where TA Specialist Joy Johnson speaks with Child Care Director Katherine Davis!