Who We Are

What is the Infant Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN)?

The KCCTO-KITS ITSN Project is a collaboration of Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities, Inc. and the Kansas Inservice Training System. Our team consists of professionals from a variety of educational and experiential backgrounds. As coaches and mentors, we strive to support you in your task of providing quality child care to infants and toddlers and their families.

Meet the Team

We are excited to meet you and provide you with support!

Janet Newton, M.S.

Background: Early Childhood Education. 31 years of experience working with early childhood programs, young children and families.

Counties Served: Chase, Clay, Dickinson, Geary, Jackson, Lyon, Marshall, Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Wabaunsee , Washington

Contact Information: 785-477-0322 (cell) • jrnewton@ku.edu

Joni Breidenthal, M.Ed.

Background: Early Childhood Education, Parent Education, Head Start, Coaching, Training, and Technical Assistance. 30+ years of experience working with early childhood professionals and programs.

Counties Served: Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Franklin, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Miami, Shawnee, Wyandotte

Contact Information: 913-378-3276 (cell) • jonibreidenthal@ku.edu

Rachel Jury, B.S.

Background: Early Childhood Education. 15 years of experience working with early childhood professionals and programs.

Counties Served: Cheyenne, Cloud, Decatur, Ellis, Ellsworth, Gove, Graham, Jewell, Lincoln, Logan, Mitchell, Norton, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Rawlins, Republic, Rooks, Russell, Saline, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego, Wallace

Contact Information: 785-477-0331 (cell) • rachel.jury@ku.edu

Sarah Holmes, M.S.

Background: Psychology, Early Childhood Education. 10 years of experience working with children, families, and training & technical support.

Counties Served: Douglas, Johnson

Contact Information: 785-477-0566 (cell) • sarahjholmes@ku.edu

Stephanie Haney, Ph.D, CFLE

Background: Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Infant and Toddler Development. 12 years of experience working with young children, families, and child care providers.

Counties Served: Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Marion, McPherson, Reno, Rice, Sedgwick, Sumner

Contact Information: 785-477-0797 (cell) • stephanie.haney@ku.edu

Stephanie Keller, B.S.

Background: Early Childhood Education. 25 years of experience working with young children, families, and child care providers.

Counties Served: Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gary, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Morton, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush, Scott, Seward, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens, Wichita

Contact Information: 785-477-0017 (cell) • stephkeller@ku.edu

Tanisha McCorkle, B.S.

Background: Early Childhood Development, Infant Mental Health Endorsement Level II [IMH-E(II)]. 13 years of experience working with children, families, and child care providers.

Counties Served: Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Butler, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffee, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Greenwood, Labette, Linn, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson, Woodson

Contact Information: 785-477-0162 (cell) • tanishatroutt@ku.edu

We are here to support you!

The KCCTO-KITS Infant-Toddler Specialist Network is a program of the Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities, Inc. and the University of Kansas Life Span Institute at Parsons and is supported through a grant from the Kansas Department for Children and Families’ Child Care and Early Education Services. However, information or opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the agency and no official endorsement should be inferred. (12/16/16)

Initial Contact Information Packet

KCCTO- KITS ITSN National Website Resources

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Brief Summary: Fact Sheet of Research on Preschool Inclusion

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Opening A New Child Care

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CDC Learn the Signs. Act Early – Milestone Moments

KCCTO-KITS ITSN Contact Map

ITSN Courses Through Zoom