- Assistive Technology
- Dispute Resolution
- Eligibility Categories
- Fees, Billing & Reimbursement
- Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
- Infant-Toddler Program Services
- Interagency Dispute Resolution
- Lead Agency
- Mandatory Reporting Policy
- Procedural Safeguards
- Public Awareness, Child Find System
- Screenings, Evaluations & Assessments
- Address Confidentiality Program
- Assistive Technology Loan
- Assistive Technology - Tracking Loaned Equipment
- Child Assessment
- Child Record Review Tool Checklist
- Child Record Review Guide
- Child Record Review Tool Index
- DocuSign for Program Use
- Evaluation, Eligibility Determination and Eligibility Categories
- Family-Directed Assessment
- Important Events to Document
- Individualized Family Service Plan
- Infant-Toddler Program Records
- Native Language
- Notice of Rights
- Parental Access to Records
- Parental Consent
- Prior Written Notice
- Record Retention and Disposition
- Record Transfers between CDSAs for Enrolled Children
- Referral Process
- Referral Strategies for Increased Community Awareness and Collaboration
- Service Coordination
- Service Planning and Delivery
- Service Providers
- Serving Children with Feeding and Swallowing Concerns
- Subpoena Requests
- Surrogate Parent
- Symbol and Abbreviation List
- Talking Points for Family Interactions
- Teleservices Procedural Guidance
- Texting Procedural Guidance
- Transition from the Infant-Toddler Program
- Transportation and Respite
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
- 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 the degree attainment. See specific degrees listed in the
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 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
The ITP requires quality evidence-based and -informed trainings for staff and network providers (by CDSA invitation) that meet the requirements for continuing professional development per the ITP Policy and Procedures for Personnel Certification. CDSAs use this form to identify quality evidence-based and -informed trainings for their staff.
The ITP requires that EISCs and those providing special instruction services hold an Infant, Toddler, and Family Certification (see ITP Policy and Procedures for Personnel Certification). Completion of this worksheet is mandatory and utilized by the CDSA Director or designee to aid in determining if a degree is considered "another human service" field.
The ITP requires annual certification verification for both CBRS Providers and EISCs. After the CDSA Director or designee/Provider Agency Director review their staffs NC ITP Documentation of Continuing Professional Development form and supporting documentation, the CDSA Director or designee/Provider Agency Director will complete this form attesting that their staff have maintained their ITFC and staff that did not. This form is completed annually.
Be Early Brochure: provides basic information about the ITP and what to do if there are concerns about a child's development. Also includes a checklist of developmental milestones for the first year of life.
Assistive Technology Loaning Program: provides proper care and cleaning instructions for assistive technology devices.
- Assistive Technology Roadmap for Staff and Providers
- EHDI Initial Hearing Aid Financial Eligibility Form
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: this document serves as a guide to the Children’s Developmental Services Agencies (CDSA) staff for reporting and billing for services.
Technical Assistance Guide for Focused Monitoring of Procedural Safeguards:
- TA Guide for Focused Monitoring of Procedural Safeguards
- Reason for Delay Dictionary
- Reason for Delay COVID-19 Dictionary
Teleservices Procedures for NC ITP: is a procedural manual for use of teleservices in the NC ITP.
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.
Thank you for your interest in employment with North Carolina State Government and the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program.
You may locate jobs with the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program, including the Children’s Developmental Services Agencies (CDSAs), listed under the category, "Department of Health and Human Services." Examples of positions within the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program include positions such as habilitation specialist, physical therapist, speech and language pathologist, and educational diagnostician, program consultant, and CDSA Director.
Watch this short video, Be Part of Early Intervention, created by the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children. Early Intervention Needs You!