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Infant Toddler Development Training
Module 5, Lesson 4


We have discussed building relationships with families and with our professional peers. Now it's time to look at how we work within those relationships as a collaborative team. This lesson will focus on how information is shared in various contexts. Planning for team meetings is one way to illustrate the importance of sharing information by preparing team members to be informed in order to make the best decisions for the child and the family. Sharing information with families about community supports and connecting them with other families will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Discuss the importance of team meetings and roles of team participants.
  2. Identify the components of effective team meetings, including:
    • How to prepare families for team meetings.
    • How to prepare other professionals for team meetings.
  3. Describe how families can be connected with other families within the Early Steps system.


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.

  • Pre-planning
  • Family networks


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