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NitR Working Groups, Products, and Contact Information

NitR members have the opportunity to participate in working groups and develop publicly available products. Working groups are formed and led by members who are interested in exploring a narrow topic or interest within the broader field of infant and toddler research. NitR’s products cover a range of topics relevant to the care of infants and toddlers, aimed toward audiences of providers, parents, and researchers.

Active NitR Working Groups

NitR Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars

The NitR Graduate Student and Early Career Working Group brings together early career scholars who are studying influences on the development of young children from pregnancy through the first 3 years of life. The group aims to increase opportunities for students to collaborate with NitR faculty members and other students to conduct research that informs policy and practice in ACF-relevant programs.

Leads: Dianna Tran (  and Sarah Blankenship (

NitR Products

Explore the list of resources created by NitR.

Developmental Foundations of School Readiness for Infants and Toddlers: A Research to Practice Report

Drowning Prevention for Young Children: Provider Brief

Including Relationship-Based Care Practices in Infant-Toddler Care: Implications for Practice and Policy

Prevent Drowning: Parent Handout

Preventing Sleep-Related Infant Death: Provider Brief

Safe Sleeping: Parent Handout

Services for Families of Infants and Toddlers Experiencing Trauma

Working Toward a Definition of Infant/Toddler Curricula: Intentionally Furthering the Development of Individual Children Within Responsive Relationships

Contact Information

For more information about NitR, please contact:

Meryl Yoches Barofsky
OPRE NitR Lead
(202) 401-5541

Rachel Chazan-Cohen
NitR Co-Lead, University of Connecticut