ZERO TO THREE

ZERO TO THREE Our mission is to ensure all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. ZERO TO THREE is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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According to Los Angeles Times, more preschoolers have been biting, kicking and throwing objects since the pandemic, lea...
12/07/2023

According to Los Angeles Times, more preschoolers have been biting, kicking and throwing objects since the pandemic, leading staff to grapple with how best to manage the behavior in light of stricter state discipline regulations aimed at limiting suspensions and expulsions. Read the article: https://lat.ms/3Tb6ZrZ

Reducing child-to-staff ratios, increasing wages and providing training can better equip early childhood providers to alleviate disruptive behavior. Additional funding for free resources can support states, programs, and teachers in enhancing children's social-emotional well-being and mental health, strengthening family-program relationships and addressing biases in early learning settings, benefiting both parents and providers. Visit https://bit.ly/3s48XPJ for more resources on advocating for workforce and family support.

That's a wrap on the ZERO TO THREE LEARN Institute!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀We're feeling so inspired after connecting with leaders in th...
12/07/2023

That's a wrap on the ZERO TO THREE LEARN Institute!
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We're feeling so inspired after connecting with leaders in the infant and early mental health and early childhood education fields. We spent two days in six issue-intensive tracks dreaming up new ideas to innovate the ways to advance the field and support babies.
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Our Call for Proposals is open for the ZERO TO THREE LEARN Conference 2024 in Long Beach, California! For more informati...
12/05/2023

Our Call for Proposals is open for the ZERO TO THREE LEARN Conference 2024 in Long Beach, California! For more information or to submit, visit https://zerotothree.secure-platform.com/a

We're actively seeking innovative ideas and insights across four distinct categories:

▶️ Poster Presentations
▶️ Baby Talks (grouped 10-minute presentations & discussion)
▶️ Lecture Sessions (60-minute presentations)
▶️ Issue Intensives (120-minute presentations & interactive activities)

Proposals should feature content relevant to professionals working with and on behalf of children under five years old (including those in the prenatal period) and their families. Proposals should also grounded in the domains from the ZERO TO THREE Competencies for Prenatal to Age 5 Professionals™, and (3) focused on addressing and advancing equity. The deadline to submit your proposal is February 5, 2024.

Thriving. The perfect word to describe Baby Carlie today. Born prematurely, one-month-old Carlie was struggling to eat. ...
12/04/2023

Thriving. The perfect word to describe Baby Carlie today. Born prematurely, one-month-old Carlie was struggling to eat. A pediatrician confirmed to her mother, Sarah, that Carlie was not gaining weight. But Renee, a HealthySteps Specialist, was there to help.

Along with a lactation consultant, Renee reassured Sarah that many babies struggle with feeding issues and offered suggestions. Sarah tried several of the techniques and the transformation was incredible. Carlie, for the first time, emptied her bottle that day.

Today, Baby Carlie is thriving, thanks to the help she received when she needed it most. Your donation can ensure that more families like Sarah's find the support they need. Help our HealthySteps program reach its goal of helping 1,000,000 children by 2032: https://bit.ly/40v7ij8

From meeting with parents during pediatric well-visits to offering guidance on feeding, sleep, behavior, and adjusting t...
12/03/2023

From meeting with parents during pediatric well-visits to offering guidance on feeding, sleep, behavior, and adjusting to life with a young child, HealthySteps Specialists help parents feel confident during their baby's most critical years and beyond. Learn more about HealthySteps: healthysteps.org

The first few years of a child’s life are critical to building a foundation for their future health and success. We partner our HealthySteps specialists with...

Safe Babies Statewide Coordinator Tiffany Perry discusses with the Fostering the Future team how important it is to prov...
12/01/2023

Safe Babies Statewide Coordinator Tiffany Perry discusses with the Fostering the Future team how important it is to provide resources to both victims and interventions for those who are perpetrating violence.

This episode was developed in partnership with Safe Babies, a program of ZERO TO THREE. Kim brings guest, Andria Peek from ZERO TO THREE, back to talk more about Safe Babies, a program of ZERO TO THREE. They are joined by Jessica Lertora, who serves as ZERO TO THREE’s Community Coordinator in Fred...

From gift guides to influencers, parents and caregivers are bombarded with information on the "best gifts" for babies an...
11/30/2023

From gift guides to influencers, parents and caregivers are bombarded with information on the "best gifts" for babies and toddlers this holiday season. But what really is the best gift? Here's what ZERO TO THREE experts had to say.

Forget gift guides and influencer videos - we asked ZERO TO THREE experts what babies and toddlers really need.

In 2009, a study highlighted by HealthySteps National Director Rahil Briggs on NPR found that children 0-3 years of age ...
11/29/2023

In 2009, a study highlighted by HealthySteps National Director Rahil Briggs on NPR found that children 0-3 years of age who experienced neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse had significant developmental delays.

HealthySteps helps families cultivate a healthy environment for their children in the earliest and most developmentally vulnerable age by connecting them with a child development and behavioral health prevention and promotion specialist/expert at their pediatrician's office.

Read more: https://n.pr/47RVlGK

The world can be a stressful place. But staying calm and being responsive plays a part in helping young children learn a...
11/26/2023

The world can be a stressful place. But staying calm and being responsive plays a part in helping young children learn and grow. Mindfulness builds our capacity to stay focused and attentive to all children and families in our care.

In this toolkit, learn more about the case for implementing mindfulness in early childhood organizations and try hands-on strategies.

"Upon graduation, it took me several years to find a program that would hire a man to teach these youngest of children. ...
11/25/2023

"Upon graduation, it took me several years to find a program that would hire a man to teach these youngest of children. There seemed to be a bias that men should seek more financially lucrative positions." John Kinsel, MS, LPCC-S, President, AIMHiOhio

What started as a happenstance career path evolved into leading a statewide organization. Above all, it is John’s passion for young minds that drives him in the early childhood education field and he's honored to instill that passion into the next generation of early childhood professionals. Read his journey: https://bit.ly/47EtXfg

An uptick in aggressive behavior in young children is leading Alabama teachers to leave their jobs. Now advocates are ca...
11/24/2023

An uptick in aggressive behavior in young children is leading Alabama teachers to leave their jobs. Now advocates are calling for more mental health support for toddlers. HealthySteps National Director Rahil Briggs joined NPR to discuss.

Child care providers in Alabama say they are struggling to address an uptick in aggressive behavior in young children. The situation is putting a strain on teachers.

Being a part of a military family presents a multitude of unique stresses that are not typically at hand for other famil...
11/22/2023

Being a part of a military family presents a multitude of unique stresses that are not typically at hand for other families. One of the most challenging times for young children in military families is the deployment of a parent. While the child may be too young to understand what has happened fully, they're still aware that there has been a dramatic change in their life.

One of most challenging times for young children in military families is the deployment of a parent. While the child may be too young to fully understand what has happened, they will still be aware that there has been a dramatic change in their life.

There’s much to love in the classic story "A Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats. When it was published in 1962, it was the fi...
11/21/2023

There’s much to love in the classic story "A Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats. When it was published in 1962, it was the first full-color picture book to feature an African-American child as the main character. “None of the manuscripts I’d been illustrating featured any Black kids,” wrote the author. “My book would have him there simply because he should have been there all along.”

When books have characters that look like them and relatable stories, children learn their lives are worthy of being celebrated.

Thank you to Baby Champions Ge**er and the family of Ann Turner Cook for helping to ensure that infants, toddlers and th...
11/20/2023

Thank you to Baby Champions Ge**er and the family of Ann Turner Cook for helping to ensure that infants, toddlers and their families thrive. If you'd like to support our initiatives and programs for children ages zero to three, visit https://bit.ly/40v7ij8.

A warm smile. A familiar song. A gentle touch. With each positive interaction, babies develop important neural pathways ...
11/19/2023

A warm smile. A familiar song. A gentle touch. With each positive interaction, babies develop important neural pathways that shape their future social-emotional and cognitive functioning. The perinatal period and a baby's first few years of life are critical for lifelong mental health.

The perinatal period and a baby's first few years of life are critical for lifelong mental health.

Help us light the map! For 48 hours, November 18-19, we stand in unity for prevention and healing with  for the past, cu...
11/18/2023

Help us light the map! For 48 hours, November 18-19, we stand in unity for prevention and healing with for the past, current and future of our infants, toddlers and their families.

Safe Babies, a program of ZERO TO THREE, works to build safe, stable and nurturing environments that strengthen families and lessen the risk of involvement in the child welfare system. Join us in being

Let's stand in solidarity with survivors of child abuse and neglect.

From grocery shopping and meal preparation to travel and spending time with extended family, the holidays can add a new ...
11/16/2023

From grocery shopping and meal preparation to travel and spending time with extended family, the holidays can add a new layer of stress to our already busy lives. Head to our link in bio for a few ways to ensure kids get the most out of this special time with friends and family. .

Thanksgiving is a time when families and friends cook, eat and take a moment to be thankful. As parents, we know all too well that serving that Thanksgiving meal requires a great deal of preparation and sometimes a bit of stress. From grocery shopping and meal preparation to travel and spending time...

"I also learned a valuable lesson that has sustained me throughout my career: that you cannot change people’s lives and ...
11/15/2023

"I also learned a valuable lesson that has sustained me throughout my career: that you cannot change people’s lives and social policy overnight and that you have to be in it for the “long-game.” - Dr. Brenda Jones Harden.

Brenda Jones Harden will be one of our two plenary speakers at the ZERO TO THREE LEARN Institute alongside Dorothy Roberts! Register today to take advantage of this unique opportunity in Palm Springs, California: https://bit.ly/47bC9Un

Brenda Jones Harden shares her journey from working in New York City's child welfare system to becoming a researcher and professor of social work.

With support from the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), Safe Babies is shifting its approach to tribal ...
11/14/2023

With support from the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), Safe Babies is shifting its approach to tribal outreach and technical assistance for tribal partners.

The Indian Child Welfare Act helped reduce the disproportionality of native children being removed from their homes, but there is still work to do.

Raising children, especially during their early years, can be challenging.With behaviors that parents might be unfamilia...
11/12/2023

Raising children, especially during their early years, can be challenging.

With behaviors that parents might be unfamiliar with, or unique health concerns, sometimes a family needs an extra person to rely on for support. That's where HealthySteps steps in.

HealthySteps, is a national program that aims to support family health and a child’s early learning and well-being by connecting with them in a pediatric setting.

This Veterans Day, we extend our appreciation to all veterans and their families. Our Military Family Projects Team is c...
11/11/2023

This Veterans Day, we extend our appreciation to all veterans and their families. Our Military Family Projects Team is committed to providing support and tools that nurture the health and development of infants, toddlers, and their families. Access parenting resources designed to assist young children in military-connected households, as well as professional development materials to assist military families worldwide.

Home ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development. Military and Veteran Family Support We work to increase awareness and collaboration throughout the military community for both parents and professiona...

Have you checked out Problem Solvers yet? This free early math curriculum provides early educators with a set of 22 age-...
11/10/2023

Have you checked out Problem Solvers yet?

This free early math curriculum provides early educators with a set of 22 age-appropriate, play-based activities designed to introduce math concepts to children aged 30 months through 48 months.

We've included a fun fall activity, "Pumpkin Jumpers," to make the season extra special. Download it today: https://bit.ly/3JXkiXE

Now a member of ZERO TO THREE's PATH team, Carri Chischilly reflects on how the family support she experienced growing u...
11/09/2023

Now a member of ZERO TO THREE's PATH team, Carri Chischilly reflects on how the family support she experienced growing up on the Navajo Nation Reservation inspired her journey to help other native families through home visiting services. Read her story: https://bit.ly/46Uc5wV

Happy National Picture Book Month! Here are just some of our favorite picture books that celebrate all of our beautiful ...
11/07/2023

Happy National Picture Book Month! Here are just some of our favorite picture books that celebrate all of our beautiful differences. For more read-aloud favorites that tell children that their lives are worthy of being thought about, discussed and celebrated, head to https://bit.ly/3shuuVy.

What are some of yours?

Doom scrolling? You may ask yourself, "What does that have to do with infants and toddlers?" Well, in this story, NPR wr...
11/06/2023

Doom scrolling? You may ask yourself, "What does that have to do with infants and toddlers?" Well, in this story, NPR writes about how adults without interoceptive awareness are more prone to doom scrolling. Here's why interoceptive awareness starting in early childhood is so important: https://bit.ly/3QmPRMX

"The numbers tell an inspiring story, showing that policy choices can break the chains of poverty, safeguard health cove...
11/05/2023

"The numbers tell an inspiring story, showing that policy choices can break the chains of poverty, safeguard health coverage and provide essential child care support for families with young children. Today, we stand at a crossroads of policy and possibility." - Miriam Calderón, Chief Policy Officer

Chief Policy Officer, Miriam Calderon, reflects on data highlighted in the State of Babies Yearbook: 2023.

“Our State of Babies Yearbook shows that Black families have the highest percentage of working mothers. However, almost ...
11/04/2023

“Our State of Babies Yearbook shows that Black families have the highest percentage of working mothers. However, almost ⅓ of Black families still remain below the poverty line.” - Patricia Cole, Senior Director of Federal Policy in Essence .

New data shows that even in two-parent families, Black families are still at a disadvantage.

Researchers have identified several stages of parenting, beginning in pregnancy. The imaginings people have about themse...
11/03/2023

Researchers have identified several stages of parenting, beginning in pregnancy. The imaginings people have about themselves as parents and their babies are part of the very first stage, called “image-making.” And that’s exactly what parents do during pregnancy: create images of what life might be like once their baby is born.

If you find yourself wondering whether your baby will have straight or curly hair, what personality your child will have, or what kind of mom or dad you will be, it means you are well on your way to parenthood. Researchers have identified several stages of parenting, beginning in pregnancy. The imag...

Though there are a ton of reasons why you should attend the second annual ZERO TO THREE LEARN Institute, we're giving yo...
11/02/2023

Though there are a ton of reasons why you should attend the second annual ZERO TO THREE LEARN Institute, we're giving you five right here. Register and join us in Palm Springs or learn more: https://bit.ly/47aALlb

In many indigenous communities, children are viewed as sacred beings. They are earth’s most recent inhabitants and have ...
11/01/2023

In many indigenous communities, children are viewed as sacred beings. They are earth’s most recent inhabitants and have a close connection to the Creator.

For Native American communities, providing a strong start for their children includes enriching practices that respect and embrace their heritages, languages and cultures. These practices are the heartbeat of tribal nations. Join us in celebrating our indigenous communities and the caregivers and professionals who support them: https://bit.ly/40dwcDJ

10/31/2023

More than 20% of infants and toddlers will have one significant adverse experience.
If babies experience too many traumatic events, their brains become primed to react to the world in fear. It rewires their neural pathways and can have a lifelong negative impact. Learn more: https://bit.ly/48KgVhJ

Temper tantrums are a normal part of child development. They're still learning to handle big emotions without quite know...
10/30/2023

Temper tantrums are a normal part of child development. They're still learning to handle big emotions without quite knowing how to express them. Here are some expert tips on how to respond in some common scenarios.

Toddlers often have tantrums because they lack the skills to handle big emotions, like anger and frustration. Our experts offer tips on how to respond.

Disparities in birth outcomes readily apparent in   Yearbook data are evidence of the importance of quality maternal car...
10/29/2023

Disparities in birth outcomes readily apparent in Yearbook data are evidence of the importance of quality maternal care and the consequences of neglecting the needs of many women and pregnant/birthing people.

Several of the leading causes of infant mortality, such as birth defects, preterm birth, low birthweight and pregnancy complications, stem from conditions experienced during the prenatal period, as well as genetic factors. Quality maternal care could prevent or reduce the effects of these Issues.

The United States ranks 37th among the 38 OECD nations in infant mortality. Even the best-performing state (Vermont) would only rank 25th. This , join us in telling Congress we must do better. More data: https://bit.ly/3PHq8yq

Choice matters. Whether a high five, a fist bump, a handshake, or a hug the idea that your body belongs to you and you a...
10/28/2023

Choice matters. Whether a high five, a fist bump, a handshake, or a hug the idea that your body belongs to you and you are in charge of it is an empowering message that helps children protect themselves from unwanted touch at any age. Consent is for everyone, including toddlers. More on consent: https://bit.ly/3QdAc3W

Meghan, from one of our   families, shared her story with USA TODAY of how she, as a child care provider, struggled to f...
10/27/2023

Meghan, from one of our families, shared her story with USA TODAY of how she, as a child care provider, struggled to find high-quality, affordable child care for her baby. She's not alone.

To stay afloat, child care providers are being forced to raise prices, which last month were the highest they have been all year. But some providers are giving up, leaving parents with fewer options. Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2023/10/24/federal-child-care-relief-expired-costs-skyrocketing/71117581007/

Our hearts are with the residents of Lewiston, Maine and all their friends and family affected by yesterday’s tragic eve...
10/26/2023

Our hearts are with the residents of Lewiston, Maine and all their friends and family affected by yesterday’s tragic events. As families and early childhood professionals cope with ongoing grief, we offer these resources to assist in having conversations with young children and serve as a buffer for stress and trauma.

Mass shootings and everyday gun violence involving young children is heartbreaking and all too common. We share the following resources to help parents and professionals meet the unique needs of infants and young children and address the effects of trauma in early childhood.

We have developed several free resources offering guidance on helping young children grieve and process traumatic experi...
10/24/2023

We have developed several free resources offering guidance on helping young children grieve and process traumatic experiences.

Read our full message from Executive Director Matthew Melmed: https://bit.ly/470Ixxb

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