The Network of Infant/Toddler Researchers (NITR) is a consortium that brings together leading applied researchers with policymakers and technical assistance providers responsible for overseeing and supporting early childhood programs serving families during pregnancy and the first three years of life. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) convened the Network to answer questions of interest to ACF. The Network brings together researchers interested in policy and practice issues relevant to programs serving families during pregnancy and when children are infants and toddlers. This includes child care, home visiting, Early Head Start, and child welfare. NitR members collaborate and coordinate to encourage research-informed practice and practice-informed research as they:
The following principles are important to keep in mind as the NITR considers its work:
The proposed list of potential activities is designed to address each of the proposed goals.