Infant and Toddler Teacher and Caregiver Competencies, 2017 - 2021

Identifying the competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics) essential to a given profession may help to provide a common language and lens for assessing job performance and provide a clear structure for professional growth and development. The Infant and Toddler Teacher and Caregiver Competencies (ITTCC) project is examining existing efforts — across states, institutes of higher education, professional organizations, and programs — related to competencies for teachers and caregivers serving infants and toddlers.

The ITTCC project is exploring approaches to the implementation and assessment of competencies, building a conceptual foundation for measurement, research, and evaluation. This effort draws on knowledge and expertise in competency modeling from industrial-organizational psychology, as well as from relevant caregiving professions that have developed, implemented, and assessed competencies. The ITTCC project aims to support the Administration for Children and Families in its efforts to improve the quality of care for infants and toddlers in community-based child care and Early Head Start.

This project is conducted through a contract to Mathematica Policy Research.

The points of contact for this project are Kathleen Dwyer and Jenessa Malin.

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The first three years of a child’s life are a distinct developmental period, characterized by rapid brain development, reliance on relationships with adults, and extreme responsiveness to environmental variation. Identifying the competencies (i.e., knowledge, skills, and other attributes) essential to infant and toddler (I/T) teaching and caregiving may offer a common language and lens for assessing job performance and provide a clear structure for professional growth and development...

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In 2017, the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families funded Mathematica to conduct the Infant and Toddler Teacher and Caregiver Competencies (ITTCC) project. The project aims to examine existing efforts across states, institutions of higher education, professional organizations, and early care and education programs related to competencies for infant and toddler (I/T) teachers and caregivers who work in group settings and build a conceptual…