The NC ITP Provider Agreement is a legally binding document that establishes the relationship between the NC ITP/Children's Development Services Agency (CDSA) and a service provider. The Provider Agreement is required to enable a provider to serve families with infants and toddlers through the NC ITP and requires providers to implement services as written in the individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Providers who sign this document must comply with all NC ITP Policies and Procedures, including local and state procedural guidance, to provide services to children and families that meet both federal regulations and state requirements.
NC ITP Policies and Procedures are available on the NC ITP website, at the following address: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/child-and-family-well-being/north-carolina-infant-toddler-program-nc-itp/nc-itp-staff
ITP Provider Documents
- Potential Service Provider Survey-Application
- NC ITP Provider Agreement
- Attachment 1 to Provider Agreement
- NC ITP Requirement for Service Provider Agency Employees / Subcontractors
- Service Provider Plan Agreement Amendment
- Service Provider Roster
- Change Request Form
- ITP Confidentiality Agreement
- Verification of Acceptable Criminal Record Check
- NC ITP Provider Agreement FAQ
Staff and providers who work with families with infants and toddlers enrolled in the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program (ITP) must complete select trainings to ensure that ITP workforce maintains foundational knowledge and skills informed by evidence-based practices necessary to best support our families.
Training and professional development information included on this webpage are updated periodically to include the most up-to-date trainings, resources, and information for our workforce.
- Child Outcomes Summary Form Training (Articulate 360)
- Coaching & Natural Learning Environment Practices (Toolkit)
- Coaching and NLEP FIPP Webinars or Review of the Early Childhood Coaching Handbook and completion of the Quiz
- Putting it into Practice
- Coaching Practices in Teletherapy
- Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect
- Pyramid Model
The North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program (NC ITP) began implementation of the Pyramid Model at the Winston Salem Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA) in the Fall of 2021. The Winston Salem Pyramid Leadership Team has successfully implemented with their first cohort of staff and will begin their second cohort in January 2023 with their remaining staff. What has been learned from their implementation will help inform state-wide implementation of Pyramid Model, expected to begin in the Fall of 2022 at one or two new sites. Over the next several years additional sites will be included until all sites have implemented Pyramid Model. Recently, the Greenville CDSA was selected as the next site to implement Pyramid Model, which is scheduled to begin in January 2023.
For an overview of the Pyramid Model, please visit the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations website. For questions or information about Pyramid Model in the NC ITP please contact Andrea B. Bailey.
- Orientation to the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program
- Introduction to the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
- Infant Mental Health Modules/Competencies
The ITP’s credential is the Infant, Toddler and Family Certificate. It applies to early intervention service coordination and special instruction services. Follow these steps to obtain your certification:
Meet the Standards
Individuals who serve infants and toddlers in the ITP need specialized knowledge and skills. These are necessary in working with the diverse young children, families, caregivers and professionals they will encounter. Potential certificate awardees must have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in one of the following fields:
- Birth-Kindergarten Education
- Early Childhood Special Education
- Special Education
- Elementary Education
- Child Development
- Child and Family Studies
- Human Development
- Family Relations
- Family Studies
- Family and Consumer Sciences
- Social Work
- Another human services field
Know the Process
CDSA Early Intervention Service Coordinators and contracted providers of special instruction are eligible to apply for the Infant-Toddler Family Certificate. Complete and submit your application to the CDSA for the county where the services will be provided.
Complete the Process
CDSAs will award or deny the certificate within 30 days of application receipt based on degree attainment.
The North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program (ITP) Guidance for Personnel Certification (Guidance) applies to early intervention service coordination and special instruction services. A Letter of Certification is provided by the Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA) for the county in which services are provided.
The North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program (ITP) Guidance for Personnel Certification applies to early intervention service coordination and special instruction services. Under this guidance, continuing professional development is required for all Infant, Toddler, and Family Certificate holders. The annual continuing professional development requirement is 10 contact hours (1.0 CEU) per year, to be obtained between January 1 and December 31 of the year. Contact hours/CEU credits must focus on infants and toddlers with or without disabilities, and their families.
This is the official documentation for continuing professional development and may be requested by the CDSA for verification of information.
The ITP maintains a list of credible organizations and businesses that provide evidence-based trainings relevant to infants and toddlers with or without disabilities and their families. Use this form to recommend a training organization/business to add to the Continuing Professional Development Approved Entities list.
The Be Early Brochure provides basic information about the ITP and what to do if there are concerns about a child's development. It also includes a checklist of developmental milestones for the first year of life.
The Assistive Technology Loaning Program provides proper care and cleaning instructions for assistive technology devices.
The Eligibility Definition describes who is eligible for services in the NC Infant Toddler Program under the Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Growing Up Naturally - Early Intervention in Natural Environments provides practical information and guidance on the rationale behind the "what," "why," and "how" to provide services in a child's natural environment and the benefits to children, families and the programs that serves them.
Guiding Practices for Early Childhood Transitions in NC provides an outline of activities, timelines, and recommended practices to facilitate a child's transition from the Infant-Toddler Program to the Preschool Program.
Infant Toddler Program Guidance to Personnel Certification 2014 describes the requirements and competencies necessary to be certified in the ITP.
Infant Toddler Program Guide to Reimbursement Procedures serves as a guide to the Children’s Developmental Services Agencies (CDSA) staff for reporting and billing for services.
Teleservices Resources for Early Intervention is a list of provider resources for use of teletherapy within Early Intervention.
The Importance of Early Intervention provides information on the importance, benefits, and the take-home messages of early intervention.