The State of Alaska Department of Health and social Services
is committed to promoting access to a flexible array of quality
services to all Alaskan infants and toddlers with special
developmental needs and to their families. Services should
be provided in a manner that respects families, communities
and cultural differences and promotes genuine partnerships
in all aspects of service design and delivery.
Infants and toddlers are uniquely dependent on their families
for their survival and nurturance. THEREFORE, services are
delivered with a family-centered approach.
Each family has it’s own structure, roles, values,
ethnicity, beliefs, coping styles and unique needs. THEREFORE,
services are flexible to accommodate the dynamic nature
of each family and fluid to reflect the respect for and
acceptance of their diverse and unique needs.
Families, in their natural care-giving roles, make decisions
about their children, THEREFORE, services support rather
than supplant the natural care-giving roles of families,
and providers seek to promote a family’s autonomy.
The family functions as a unit and child’s development
occurs with in context of the family and their everyday
experiences. THEREFORE, family support is broadly defined
so as to respond to the needs of all members of the family
and is designed to occur within the family and child’s
No one agency or discipline can meet the diverse and
complex needs of infants and toddlers with special development
needs and their families. THEREFORE, collaboration and partnerships
between families and providers in planning, implementing
and evaluating services are needed.
Infants and toddlers deserve the opportunity to develop
to their potential within natural home and community environments.
THEREFORE, families have access to services that promote
the inclusion of the child and family within their community.