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!

West Region

Counties Served:
Cheyenne, Clark, Decatur, Edwards, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Gove, Graham, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Lane, Logan, Meade, Morton, Ness, Norton, Pawnee, Phillips, Rawlins, Rooks, Rush, Scott, Seward, Sheridan, Sherman, Stanton, Stevens, Thomas, Trego, Wallace, Wichita

Stephanie Keller, B.S.
Stephanie Keller, B.S.
785-477-0017
stephkeller@ku.edu

Areas of Interest:
Learning Environments, Professional Development, and Team Building
Tara Witthun
Tara Witthuhn, B.S.
785-477-0322
twitthuhn@ku.edu

Areas of Interest:
Health & Safety, Program Management, and Child Nutrition

North Central Region

Counties Served:
Barton, Chase, Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Geary, Jackson, Jewell, Lincoln, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Mitchell, Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Osborne, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Reno, Republic, Rice, Riley, Russell, Saline, Shawnee, Smith, Stafford, Wabaunsee, Washington

Lisa Isaacson, M.S.
Lisa Isaacson, M.S., IMH-E
785-410-8303
lisa.s.isaacson@ku.edu

Areas of Interest:
Military Child Care, Respectful Caregiving, and Inclusion
Rachel Jury, B.S.
Rachel Jury, B.S.
785-477-0331
rachel.jury@ku.edu

Areas of Interest:
Interactions, Safe & Healthy Environments, Social-Emotional Development, and Adult Self Care
Ashley Webster, M.S.
Ashley Webster, M.S.
845-616-8637
ashleywebster@ku.edu

Areas of Interest:
Professional Development, Family Engagement & Partnerships, and Reflective Leadership

South East Region

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

Tanisha McCorkle, B.S., IMH-E
Tanisha McCorkle, B.S., IMH-E
785-477-0162
tanishatroutt@ku.edu

Areas of Interest:
Business Practices, Infant-Toddler Mental Health, and Observation & Assessment

South Central Region

Counties Served:
Barber, Butler, Cowley, Comanche, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Kiowa, Pratt, Sedgwick, Sumner

Erin Jett, B.G.S.
Erin Jett, B.G.S.
785-477-4346
erinjett@ku.edu

Areas of Interest:
Classroom Design, Behavior & Guidance, and Workplace Culture
Stephanie Haney, Ph.D, CFLE
Stephanie Haney, Ph.D, CFLE
785-477-0797
stephanie.haney@ku.edu

Areas of Interest:
Positive Guidance, Environmental Supports, Intentional Planning, and Policy Development

North East Region

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

Sarah Holmes, M.S.
Sarah Holmes, M.S.
785-477-0566
sarahjholmes@ku.edu

Areas of Interest:
Behavior & Guidance, Communities of Practice, and Military Child Care
Joni Breidenthal, M.Ed.
Joni Breidenthal, M.Ed.
913-378-3276
jonibreidenthal@ku.edu

Areas of Interest:
Early Learning Standards, Assessment Tools, and Parent Education

Developmental Inclusion and Mental Health Support

Rebecca Benson, M.S.
Early Childhood Special Education
Developmental Inclusion Specialist
O: 785-532-7197
rebeccabenson@ksu.edu
Sabina
Sabina Hoffman, M.S.
Developmental Inclusion Specialist
O: 785-532-7197
sabinae@ksu.edu
Jennifer Pishny, M.S.,
Early Childhood Education-Unified
Developmental Inclusion Specialist
O: 785-532-7197
jpishny@ksu.edu
Ingrid Pohl, M.S.
Mental Health Specialist
O: 785-532-7197
ingridp@ksu.edu
Sarah Skiles, M.S.,
CCC-SLP, M. Ed.
Developmental Inclusion Specialist
O: 785-532-7197
sjkuhn@ksu.edu
Andrea Sorrels, M.S.E.
Program Coordinator
O: 785-532-7197
arsorrels@ksu.edu

Kansas Department for Children and Families logo

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

Parent Handbook Guidance

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Parent-Provider Contract Outline

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Child Care Subsidy Overview

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Kansas Agency Resources for Child Care 

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Web Resources for Early Care Providers in Kansas

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CDC Learn the Signs. Act Early – Milestone Moments

KCCTO-KITS ITSN Contact Map