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.

Areas of Interest: Learning Environments, Professional Development, and Team Building

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

Tara Witthuhn, B.S.

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

Contact Information: 785-477-0322 • twitthuhn@ku.edu

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.

Areas of Interest: Military Child Care, Respectful Caregiving, and Inclusion

Contact Information: 785-410-8303 • lisa.s.isaacson@ku.edu

Rachel Jury, B.S.

Areas of Interest: Interactions, Safe & Healthy Environments, Social-Emotional Development, and Adult Self Care

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

Ashley Webster, M.S.

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

Contact Information: 845-616-8637 • ashleywebster@ku.edu

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

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

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

South Central Region

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

Erin Jett, B.G.S.

Areas of Interest: Classroom Design, Behavior & Guidance, and Workplace Culture

Contact Information: 785-477-4346 • erinjett@ku.edu

Stephanie Haney, Ph.D, CFLE

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

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

North East Region

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

Sarah Holmes, M.S.

Areas of Interest: Behavior & Guidance, Communities of Practice, and Military Child Care

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

Joni Breidenthal, M.Ed.

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

Contact Information: 913-378-3276 • jonibreidenthal@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