NITR: The Network of Infant Toddler Researchers

The Network of Infant Toddler Researchers (NITR) was founded by OPRE in 2011 in order to bring together leading researchers studying pregnancy and the first three years of life. OPRE convened NITR to answer questions of interest to ACF and programs serving infants and toddlers (e.g., child care settings, home visiting, Early Head Start, child welfare). The mission of NITR is to encourage members to collaborate in order to:

Full NITR mission statement

Current NITR Working Groups

Program Practices/Implementation

The Program Practices work group consists of NITR members who are interested in defining good practices in caring for infants and toddlers and supporting their families and how to apply these ideals to programs that serve children from birth through age 3. Specific topics of interest include describing practices (curricula, aspects of implementation, and quality) and identifying effective measures of them. The workgroup has launched a collaboration with the INQUIRE group to examine continuity of care and how state QRIS systems can incorporate assessments of curricula for infants/toddlers.

Leads: Cheri Vogel and Carla Peterson

Professional Development

The NITR Professional Development Workgroup consists of NITR members who are interested in the pre- and in-service preparation of personnel working with children birth to age 3 and their families, for work in various settings, service delivery models, and across disciplines.

Leads: Mary Dallas Allen and Diane Horm

Dissemination and Data Use (Stickiness)

The NITR Dissemination and Data Use (Stickiness) Workgroup consists of NITR members who are interested in how data relevant to the care and education of infants and toddlers are effectively disseminated to and used by practitioners and policy makers. The Workgroup is interested in the use of data at multiple levels including program planning and quality improvement, program monitoring and evaluation, policy considerations, and applied research.

For more information about this group, please see Stickiness—Making Research Findings Sticky (pdf 127KB).

Leads: Lori Roggman and Rebecca Ryan

NITR Products

For more information about NITR, please contact

Meryl Yoches Barofsky

Office of Planning, Research, and Education

Rachel Chazan-Cohen
University of Massachusetts, Boston