Infant Family Specialist (IFS)

Infant Family Specialist (IFS) – for individuals whose primary focus is prevention. This includes home visitors, family support specialists, First Steps providers, Parent Educators, Inclusion Specialists, NICU nurses, and many others. 

Requirements for IFS Endorsement®

  • Masters or Bachelors degree
Work Experience
  • Minimum 2 years of prevention and/or early intervention service to 0-36 mon. old & their families; served a minimum of 10 families
In-service Training
  • Minimum 30 hours, average 50 hours
Membership in Infancy Onward
  • Yes
Code of Ethics
  • Signed
Endorsement® Agreement
  • Signed
Reflective Supervision or Consultation (RSC)
  • Minimum 24 clock hours within a 12-month to 24-month time period while working with infants, toddlers, & families and/or while providing supervision to staff who are providing services to infants, young children (birth to 36 months) and their families
Reference Ratings
  • Three
    1. Current program supervisor, teacher, trainer or consultant
    2. Person providing RSC
    3. Another supervisor, teacher, trainer or consultant; or a colleague
Written Exam
  • No
  • Applicant will submit an application that demonstrates that they have met both the requirements and the competencies specified for the Endorsement® for which they are applying. Details about competencies can be found within the Competency Guidelines®.

Ready for your IFS Endorsement®?

This is just a summary; for the full description of the requirements by Endorsement® category, please consult the Competency Guidelines®