Infant and Toddler Specialist

West Central Child Care Connection and the Department of Human Services have teamed up to promote quality care for children 0-30 months. The Infant/Toddler Child Care Specialist works toward creating quality child care environments by providing information, training, and technical assistance to any Early Childhood Program within our nine counties.  The Infant/Toddler Specialist provides training and technical assistance on infant and toddler related issues to providers, parents and children.  Whether you are a provider who has been a caregiver for twenty years or more or are new to the field, the Infant Toddler Specialist can help you with issues relating to our youngest population.

Services Provided

  • Rating scale instruction and coaching
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Classroom observations
  • Role modeling appropriate interactions
  • Assistance with making the environment safe, interesting and DAP
  • Information on appropriate toys, books, and activities

Training Topics

  • Program For Infant Toddler Care
  • Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers andTwos
  • Illinois Early Learning Guidelines (0-3)
  • Infant Toddler Environments
  • Relationship building with Infants and Toddlers
  • Toys, Books and Activities

Please call West Central Child Care Connection at 1-800-782-7318 or 217-222-2550 to speak to the Infant Toddler Specialist, Sheila Smith.  You can also email her at