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Infant Toddler

The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a baby's development. It is important that the care young children receive promotes their healthy growth and development. Responsive care from trained child care professionals helps infants and toddlers get off to a good start and establish a healthy foundation for lifelong learning. The Family Resource Network, part of the statewide Early Childhood Enrichment system, offers a variety of services to support individuals who are dedicated to offering the best possible care for young children. 

The Family Resource Network's Infant Toddler Specialist offers:

  • Professional development opportunities specific to Infant/Toddler care on topics such as infant development in language, motor and social skills, learning environments, relationships with families, health and safety;        
  • On-site technical assistance;       
  • Site Observations;      
  • Telephone consultations for child care staff and parents; and       
  • A resource lending library with professional resources, information, curriculum planning ideas and infant-toddler toys and equipment. 

Consider Earning a South Dakota Infant-Toddler Certificate 

Caring for infants and toddlers takes a special set of skills and knowledge. The Infant Toddler Certificate offers an individual an opportunity to receive training specific to this age group which will allow them to gain a deeper understanding of the significant development which occurs in these early years of life. 

The Division of Child Care Services, with its partner agencies, the regional Early Childhood Enrichment offices (ECE's), offering training which can lead to a state issued Infant Toddler Certificate. 

How do I earn an Infant Toddler Certificate? 

  • Complete the 20-hour Entry Level Infant Toddler Training series offered through the regional ECE offices. The classes are offered as a series and cover the full range of topics related to caring for infants and toddlers.
  • After completing the entry level training, participants move on to complete the Child Growth and Development area of the South Dakota CDA program which consists of 45-hours of advanced training. 

*Note: Classes completed within the last two years may be counted toward the certificate.

Successful completion of the entry level Infant Toddler Training and the Child Growth and Development area will earn the participant a South Dakota Infant Toddler Certificate.

Is there additional training after the Infant Toddler Certificate?

YES! The South Dakota Child Development Associates Credential is a nationally recognized credential which is offered through the local ECE offices. The 45 hours of training in Child Growth and Development for the Infant Toddler Certificate articulate into the SDCDA Credential. What this means is, when you complete your SD Infant Toddler Certificate, you are about half way to completing the training hours for the national credential!  

How do I get started? 

Contact the Infant Toddler Specialist at the Family Resource Network. They will be able to inform you of class schedules in your area and help you determine where you are at in meeting each step of the training for the South Dakota Infant Toddler Certificate.