Infant Toddler Specialist Network

Our Regional Support Staff

Foundation First is a beneficiary the Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network through the Virginia Department of Education and supports them by being their regional office in our area.

Our dedicated Infant & Toddler Specialist Network internal staff aims to serve infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds.

1. Our Infant Toddler Specialists

Infant and toddler specialists provide services designed to strengthen the capacity of early care and education programs to deliver high-quality services:


A relationship-based process that includes mentoring and support using quality improvement plans.


Training to groups of caregivers / teachers and directors through face-to-face, distance, technology-based or hybrid methods.

Technical Assistance

Support and resources to help child care providers achieve excellence in early care for infants and toddlers.

Kaylin Hedspeth

LFC Infant Toddler Specialist (ITS)

Paula Bellville

RAP Area Infant Toddler Specialist (ITS)

Catherine Grimes

GPW Infant Toddler Specialist (ITS)

2. Our Infant and Toddler Behavior Consultants

Our Infant and Toddler Behavior Consultants (ITBC) work regionally throughout the state.

They provide coaching, mentoring, parent education, training, and technical assistance, as well as child observations and developmental screenings.

We promote infant and toddler mental wellness by providing training and coaching on social emotional development and screening of infants and toddlers. We help assess social emotional learning environments by providing observations and consultations on implementing strategies that promote the positive social emotional development of infants and toddlers.

Lastly, we focus on intervention by providing consultation to address specific issues related to individual children who may be displaying challenging behaviors.

Megan Sheldon

Infant Toddler Behavior Consultant (ITBC)

Tina Castro

Infant Toddler Behavior Consultant (ITBC)