About Early Intervention/Infant Learning
Partnering with families to support healthy development of infants and toddlers
Mission, Vision and Key Principles
The Alaska Infant Learning Program is a statewide system of
professionals dedicated to serving all Alaskan families with children
who are at risk for or experience developmental delay.
The Alaska Infant Learning Program envisions a system where all
Alaskan families have access to the services and resources to help
their children thrive.
Our mission is to build upon natural supports and provide
resources that assist family members and caregivers to enhance
children's learning and development through everyday learning
To accomplish this, Alaska has adopted these seven key principles
for providing early intervention services in natural environments:
- Infants and toddlers learn best through everyday
experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar
- All families, with the necessary supports and resources, can enhance their children's learning and development.
- The primary role of a service provider in early
intervention is to work with and support family members and
caregivers in children's lives.
- The early intervention process, from initial contacts
through transition, must be dynamic and individualized to reflect
the child's and family members' preferences, learning styles and
- IFSP outcomes must be functional and based on children's and family’s needs and family-identified priorities.
- The family's priorities, needs and interests are
addressed most appropriately by a primary provider who represents
and receives team and community support.
- Interventions with young children and family members
must be based on explicit principles, validated practices, best
available research, and relevant laws and regulations.
Workgroup on Princlples and Practices in Natural Environments:
Susan Addision, Betsy Ayankoya, Mery Beth Bruder, Carl Dunst, Larry
Edelman, Andy Gomm, Barbara Hanft, Cori Hill, Jociey Hurth, Grace
Kelley, Anne Lucas, Robin McWilliam, Stephanie Moss, Lynda Pletcher,
Dathan Rush, M'lisa Shelden, Mary Steenberg, Judy Swett, Nora Thompson,
Julianne Woods, and Naomi Younggren.
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