Office for Children - Infant-and-Toddler-Connection (ITC)

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

703-246-7121
TTY 711

3750 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030

Susan Sigler,
Director

Infant & Toddler Connection (ITC) - Resources for Families

adults and children

 

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Parenting in Challenging Situations

Parenting Office for Children, Helping Your Child Love to Learn- Copies are available in English, Arabic, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. During these challenging times, it may provide simple experiences you can enjoy with their children as part of their daily routines at home.

Hand To Hold- a non-profit organization that hosts virtual NICU support groups as well as parenting support groups for families

Fairfax County Public Schools- Parent Resource Center- offers free virtual parent workshops and parent consultations

Zero to Three- This article focuses on self-care for parents during your time at home with your child. https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3262-young-children-at-home-during-the-covid-19-outbreak-the-importance-of-self-care And how to help explain society’s changing behaviors during COVID 19 to your little ones.

American Academy of Pediatrics, Healthy parenting- Tips to help keep calm and manage the stress of being at home with the children

COVID- 19 Tool Kit from University of North Carolina’s AFIRM (Autism Focused Resources and Modules)– Research-based strategies, tools, examples and templates to provide structure, social narratives, visual aids, and calming strategies for individuals who benefit from more structure and supports during these uncertain and changing times. We love these ideas for parents with kids who have Autism, however they are helpful any parent looking for guidance to build schedules during their day, implement a simple reward system and how to explain COVID-19 to their children.

Fun Activities and Interactive Resources

Activities Fairfax County Public Library - Story times read aloud and recorded by FCPL Librarians

Fairfax County Early Literacy -Early literacy resources and virtual Library Challenges for all ages from Fairfax County Public Library. Check out the Just For Kids Access Video for visual books!

PBS KIDS for Parents- Tips and activities for ages 2 to 8 for a variety of educational topics, such as social skills and self-awareness- also check out the articles at the bottom of the page in the “Raising Kids Who Thrive” section.

Goodnight with Dolly- Dolly Parton reads Imagination Library books live every week for 10 weeks on Thursday nights at 7pm EST starting April 2 via Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Previous readings are also available. To check availability and register for the Imagination Library nearest you.

Scholastic- Free Learn at Home resources for Pre K- Kindergarten students, and all other grade level.

Child Development Resources

development Zero to Three - During our playgroups, we often hear the question, “how do I teach my child how to share?” Zero to Three is a great resource for parents to practice sharing at home with your child before we start having playdates again. Check out other evidence-based resources from Zero to Three on early childhood development topics, and find resources for early learning in areas like play and communication and language development

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - A variety of early childhood and family resources, free downloadable materials, developmental milestone information and an app to track your child’s development.

Pathways - Free resources to help understand, track, and encourage your baby’s milestones for the best possible outcomes.

Vroom - Find and sign up to receive activity ideas to engage your child during any and every step of your day. There is also an app to get activity ideas on the go!

Babycenter - Receive personalized emails about your child’s development, pregnancy and more.

Maryland Department of Education, Healthy Beginnings - Specifically designed for caregivers of infants and toddlers from birth through age three, Healthy Beginnings gives you knowledge and support around child care and child development, while our Activity Planner provides you with fun, developmentally appropriate activities that build young children’s skills and promote all kinds of learning.

Talk with Me Baby - Learn about why it is so important to sharing lots of loving conversation with your baby early on, and why it’s important to speak in your family’s native language. There is also an app!

ITC’s Community Partners

Community Partner Here are some websites of our community partners who often support ITC family events. Check out what they have to offer online!

1,2,3 Andres - A bilingual husband-wife team singing songs in both English and Spanish. They are
native Virginians who perform locally, as well as around the world, singing about colors,
numbers, animals, the alphabet, and more!

Therapeutic Rhythms - Therapeutic Rhythms’ Myra Goodrich is a board-certified music therapist who uses music to build language. Her classes are small-group and involve both parent and child.

Wee Got the Beat - Wee Got the Beat’s Beth Barbaro is a board-certified music therapist, former teacher and mom of two. Her curriculum encourages parents and children (infant-5 years) to experience and explore music through singing, movement and instrument play. She uses developmentally appropriate activities designed to nurture learning, socialization and creativity - all while having fun!

Tinkergarten - A nature-based play class that incorporates exploring nature as well as organic learning experiences as children work together and discover their natural environment.

Music Together Sing and Groove - A parent-and-child musical interaction class, where families joyfully share music, make rhymes, and instrument play in a music-rich environment.

Rainbow Rock Band - Rainbow Rock Band is a local Alexandria-based band sharing live music for preschoolers that incorporate original songs written about colors, numbers, shapes, animals, and the weather. The Rainbow Rock Band show is interactive, with body movement, sing-alongs, and props to keep children engaged.

Scrawl Bookstore - Scrawl Bookstore is an independent bookstore in Reston Town Center, hosting online read-alouds and highlighting classic children’s books. They deliver books locally in Northern Virginia.

Local Resources

 

Fairfax County Health Department

  • This county agency provides a variety of services including pediatric care, hearing testing, immunizations and speech and language services.

Fairfax County Office for Children

  • This county agency provides assistance in locating child care centers and in-home providers. The website also has information about Head Start programs.

Fairfax County Public Schools Preschool Child Find Program

  • Evaluates and provides services to eligible children ages 2-21 who live in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax.

City of Falls Church Public Schools

  • Evaluates and provides services to eligible children with developmental delays ages 2-21 who live in the City of Falls Church. The main phone number is 703-248-5600. The Director of Special Education and Student Services phone number is 703-248-5630. TTY access through Virginia Relay 711.

The Arc of Northern Virginia 

  • Provides information and referral services and advocacy for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Fairfax County Public Schools Parent Resource Center (PRC)

  • Provides parent resources, workshops, clinician lists, lending library and more. Some resources and staff available in Spanish.

Inova Care Connection for Children 

  • Helps families coordinate community and education resources with medical expertise to ensure that children with special healthcare needs can reach their maximum potential.

Inova Parent Resource Directory 

  • Provides contact information and other service details about organizations dedicated to providing support and information to families of children with special healthcare needs, in the Metro DC area.

 

State Resources

Virginia Infant & Toddler Connection

  • This is the state agency responsible for the statewide system of services for children ages birth to 3. Their website includes information for families, physicians, and other professionals.

Arc of Virginia New Path Program

  • The Arc of Virginia's New Path program focuses on supporting families with children receiving Early Intervention services.

 

National Resources

Zero to Three

  • A national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

  • Informs families about the importance of high-quality early childhood education programs for young children.
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