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What is at Heart.

The heart of the IDEA Infant & Toddler Coordinators Association is to thoughtfully and carefully support the Early Intervention System for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities of the IDEA Part C. To that end, our mission is:

  • To promote mutual assistance, cooperation and exchange of information and ideas in the administration of the IDEA Infant and Toddler System, and to provide support to the state coordinators;

  • To provide state and national leadership to meet the developmental needs of infants and toddlers in accordance with their families’ and parents’ priorities, culture, and values;

  • To expand the awareness of decision-makers in the public and private sectors regarding the needs of infants and toddlers and their families;

  • To develop and recommend policies and programs which will assure the appropriate development of all infants and toddlers eligible for services and their families;

  • To identify and represent the interests of state infant and toddlers early intervention systems at a national level;

  • To develop linkages and coalitions with related national organizations to promote state early intervention systems for infants and toddlers with or at risk of disabilities;

  • To foster the exchange of ideas and experiences across the state systems;

  • To strengthen the current leadership and foster new leadership in IDEA early intervention systems; and

  • To develop models, standards, and guidelines and to provide technical assistance to promote effective state early intervention systems.

mother and toddler with down syndrome