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Infant Toddler Development Training
Module 5, Lesson 3


In Lesson 2 we examined how effective partnerships with families in Early Steps are formed. The other people we partner with in the Early Steps system are our fellow professionals, either in our own agencies, or other agencies and organizations that make up the provider base in Early Steps. Just as it is important to form solid relationships with families, it is also important to do the same with our colleagues. Once again, good communication and collaboration skills are crucial, as well as in-depth knowledge of all the other participants in the community who can contribute to maximizing outcomes for children and families.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the importance of knowing who your community partners are and developing partnerships with them.
  2. Describe the role of Family Resource Specialists (FRS).
  3. Discuss the impact of personal styles on communication and interaction with other professionals.
  4. Describe the importance of collegial, professional relationships and what impacts them.
  5. Discuss the process of understanding different perspectives and priorities of professional colleagues.
  6. Describe the effect that cultures, ethnicities, experiences, attitudes, and beliefs have on interactions, communication, and partnerships with other professionals in the community.
  7. Discuss the importance of interagency collaboration and the components that contribute to its success.


The following resources are those necessary for the completion of this lesson. Learners may want to access and print hard copies of the resources prior to beginning the lesson and for future reference. Some resource documents can be found in the Resource Bank. Others are available online.

Key Words

Definitions of key words are found in the glossary.

  • Family Resource Specialists (FRS)
  • Interagency collaboration
  • Service coordination
  • Primary Service Provider (PSP)
  • Supplanting


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