In addition to targeting Resource and Referral “core services” which include technical assistance and professional development for child care providers and consumer education for parents, the grants also support three specialized quality improvement projects.

Region 9 Behavior Specialist – Rhonda Hamby

Region 9 Behavior Specialist - Rhonda Hamby

704-929-3980 or email: rhamby@icpyc.org The Behavior Specialists Provide technical assistance which includes social emotional teaching strategies, building relationships and supportive classroom environments and when needed, individualized interventions.

Region 9 School-Age Specialist – Linda Curtis

Region 9 School-Age Specialist - Linda Curtis

704-929-3967 or email: lcurtis@icpyc.org The School-Age Specialists work collaboratively with school-age child care providers to improve the quality of care by offering technical assistance, training, consultation and other services.

Region 9 Infant/Toddler Specialist – Alicia Shell

Region 9 Infant/Toddler Specialist - Alicia Shell

704-929-4259 or email: ashell@icpyc.org The Infant/Toddler Specialist provides training, technical assistance and consultation for centers and family child care homes. The specialist uses environment rating scale assessments in child care programs.