The Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia provides early intervention supports and services to infants and toddlers from birth through age two who are not developing as expected or who have a medical condition that can delay normal development. Early intervention supports and services focus on increasing the child's participation in family and community activities that are important to the family. In addition, supports and services focus on helping parents and other caregivers know how to find ways to help the child learn during everyday activities. These supports and services are available for all eligible children and their families regardless of the family's ability to pay.
Parents teach their children everyday - they are the ones who make the most difference in their child's development. The Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia is committed to providing families with the information and support they need in order to access early intervention supports and services and to make decisions for their child and family about how early intervention service providers will be involved in their family's life.
The Institute for Teaching through Technology & Innovative Practices of Longwood University began in 1999 through an appropriation by the Virginia General Assembly. The Institute is an Outreach of Longwood University. Longwood is the fiscal agent for the SVRTC. The initial focus of ITTIP was to provide services for three school divisions: Halifax, Pittsylvania, and the city of Danville. Today, ITTIP is a regional and state-wide organization in creating and evaluating educational technology applications and resources, including research, development and outreach via training and technical assistance in Virginia K-12 school divisions, higher education, and state agencies. The ITTIP works directly with teachers in demonstrating research-based best practices in technology integrated teaching and learning environment. ITTIP's work has been featured numerous times in sate and national newspapers, congressional presentations, Virginia General Assembly hearings, and state and national conferences.
ITTIP woks in collaboration with the Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC), a consortium of 22 school divisions until December 2005. In 2006, Longwood added three new school divisions. SVRTC school divisions are: Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Colonial Heights, Charlotte, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Danville, Dinwiddie, Franklin, Greensville, Halifax, Henry, Hopewell, Lunenburg, Martinsville, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Patrick, Petersburg, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Prince George, Southampton, and Sussex.
SVRTC was established in 1995 when Dinwiddie County couldn't buy Internet access for its schools. The Institute for Teaching Technology and Innovative Practices coordinates and houses the SVRTC.
For information about the ITTIP and SVRTC, please email Dr. Manorama Talaiver (firstname.lastname@example.org).