ZERO TO THREE

ZERO TO THREE Our mission is to ensure all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. Visit us at zerotothree.org OUR VISION: At ZERO TO THREE we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.

OUR GOALS: - Training Professionals and Building Networks of Leaders - Influencing Policies & Practices - Raising Public Awareness of Early Childhood Issues - Our Work ZERO TO THREE is unique in our multidisciplinary approach to child development. Our emphasis on bringing together the perspectives of many fields and many specialists is rooted in the robust research studies showing that all domains of development—social, emotional, intellectual, language and physical—are interdependent and work together to promote a child’s overall health and well-being in the context of his family and culture. All of our work is: - Grounded in research and experience - Multidisciplinary - Collaborative - Culturally responsive - Clinically informed - Accessible

OUR GOALS: - Training Professionals and Building Networks of Leaders - Influencing Policies & Practices - Raising Public Awareness of Early Childhood Issues - Our Work ZERO TO THREE is unique in our multidisciplinary approach to child development. Our emphasis on bringing together the perspectives of many fields and many specialists is rooted in the robust research studies showing that all domains of development—social, emotional, intellectual, language and physical—are interdependent and work together to promote a child’s overall health and well-being in the context of his family and culture. All of our work is: - Grounded in research and experience - Multidisciplinary - Collaborative - Culturally responsive - Clinically informed - Accessible

Mission: Our mission is to ensure all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. We achieve this by translating research and knowledge—specifically information about the kinds of early experiences that help children thrive—into a range of practical tools and resources for use by the adults who influence the lives of young children.

Operating as usual

With cases on the rise again, use these tips to help your children remember the why's and when's of mask-wearing: go.zer...
11/20/2020
Mask Up! Talking to Young Children about Wearing Masks

With cases on the rise again, use these tips to help your children remember the why's and when's of mask-wearing: go.zerotothree.org/masks

While wearing masks is something new for all of us, toddlers and preschoolers respond well to the safety and security of daily routines.

Holiday fun can easily turn into holiday stress. Remember these tips the next time you're feeling overwhelmed. 👇 ⛹️‍♀️ R...
11/19/2020
Putting Parent Burnout to Bed

Holiday fun can easily turn into holiday stress. Remember these tips the next time you're feeling overwhelmed. 👇

⛹️‍♀️ Remember it's okay to drop some balls.
🤔 Focus on what’s wrong and see what it’s telling you.
👫 Share the load.
💙 Do something for yourself.
🧘🏽‍♂️ Be present.
🤪 Let silly in sometimes.
💯 Give yourself and your child an A.

Read more: go.zerotothree.org/burnout

When parents are burned out and exhausted, the day to day feels like a real slog.

It's so simple, so effective, and somehow it seems to never get old! 🙈⁠⁠Peek-a-boo stimulates a baby's senses, assists i...
11/18/2020

It's so simple, so effective, and somehow it seems to never get old! 🙈⁠

Peek-a-boo stimulates a baby's senses, assists in building gross motor skills, strengthens visual tracking, encourages social development and, best of all, engages their sense of humor. It also introduces the idea of object permanence—the concept that even though they can't see something (like your smiling face), it still exists.⁠

More ideas on how to play with young babies: http://bit.ly/2t6pP5e

We often think of cooperation as children doing what adults want. That's compliance! True cooperation means a joint effo...
11/17/2020
Help Your Child Experience the Rewards of Cooperating

We often think of cooperation as children doing what adults want. That's compliance! True cooperation means a joint effort—a give and take that is mutually satisfying.

How to go about it: go.zerotothree.org/cooperation

To get our young children and toddlers to cooperate, we need to help them understand how our requests and rules are good for everyone.

The research speaks volumes! Check out our free literature review to learn how mindfulness supports parenting and caregi...
11/16/2020

The research speaks volumes! Check out our free literature review to learn how mindfulness supports parenting and caregiving: https://bit.ly/3f330HO

Knowing that a toddler's tantrum isn’t personal—even if it feels that way sometimes—helps you stay calm and guide your l...
11/15/2020

Knowing that a toddler's tantrum isn’t personal—even if it feels that way sometimes—helps you stay calm and guide your little one to a calmer place too. Some tips to help. ⬇️

Learn more: go.zerotothree.org/tantrums

Even in the most difficult circumstances, clear, honest language is best when explaining death to young children. But ho...
11/14/2020
Helping Your Toddler Cope with Grief and Death

Even in the most difficult circumstances, clear, honest language is best when explaining death to young children.

But how to handle those tough follow-up questions? See tips from ZERO TO THREE parenting expert, Rebecca Parlakian: https://bit.ly/32ncHeu

As hard (and painful) as it can be to answer questions about the death of a loved one, it’s an important way that your toddler develops an understanding of what has happened.

A simple sheet is all you need to have playtime "covered." 😉
11/13/2020
5 Ways to Play With…Sheets

A simple sheet is all you need to have playtime "covered." 😉

A simple sheet is all you need to have playtime "covered."

🛒 Turn your next shopping trip into an engaging and educational experience!
11/12/2020
Every Aisle Has Hidden Potential

🛒 Turn your next shopping trip into an engaging and educational experience!

Make your shopping time count—there are math ideas to talk about in every aisle. Here’s where to start with children under three.

Today, we honor the many sacrifices of our nation’s veterans and their families. We recognize the impacts of former serv...
11/11/2020
Babies on the Homefront

Today, we honor the many sacrifices of our nation’s veterans and their families. We recognize the impacts of former service on veterans and their families and have developed resources to support them, like our Babies on the Homefront app.

Learn more: babiesonthehomefront.org Thanks to USAA for their support.

Babies on the Homefront provides military and veteran parents ideas for enhancing everyday moments with their baby or toddler. Parents will find lots of material to add to their toolbox of strategies, including: Behavior Tips—Ideas for handling those tougher parenting moments like tantrums, or tho...

Mental health is important at any age, and for young children that can’t effectively verbalize or communicate their feel...
11/11/2020
Understanding The Signs Of Poor Mental Health In Young Children

Mental health is important at any age, and for young children that can’t effectively verbalize or communicate their feelings, it’s important for parents to be aware of certain cues in order to monitor their child’s well-being. https://bit.ly/2JD69m9

Mental health is important for children of all ages, even for young children. Here's how to recognize signs that may indicate your child is suffering.

As the pandemic wears on, ZERO TO THREE sees both the devastating toll on families and babies – and the powerful opportu...
11/10/2020
Building for the Future: Strong Policies for Babies and Families After COVID-19

As the pandemic wears on, ZERO TO THREE sees both the devastating toll on families and babies – and the powerful opportunity of this time. Our new Building for the Future report sets out policies to bridge the ongoing and unaddressed effects.

The experience of the pandemic has laid bare what families already knew: Our systems for supporting the health and well-being of young children and families are threadbare to practically non-existent. Here is how we move forward.

11/10/2020
Let's Talk About Math: Spatial Awareness

Spatial awareness is an understanding of:⁠⠀
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🔺 Shape and size—noticing, describing and comparing shapes and sizes of objects.⁠⠀
📏 Space and position—recognizing where a person or object is in relation to other people and objects and understanding concepts like “on top of” or “under.”⁠⠀
🔄 Direction and movement—following and predicting the path of a moving object, like a rolling ball.⁠⠀
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Activity ideas to support spatial awareness: go.zerotothree.org/spatialawareness

It's no secret that parenting can be stressful. The next time a frustrating situation arises, try these tips to better-m...
11/09/2020

It's no secret that parenting can be stressful. The next time a frustrating situation arises, try these tips to better-manage your approach.

Learn more: https://t.co/5J1WOGXHjo #MindfulnessMonday

We look forward to continuing our work in making babies and toddlers a national priority alongside president-elect Joe B...
11/07/2020
ZERO TO THREE Congratulates Joe Biden on Presidential Election Victory

We look forward to continuing our work in making babies and toddlers a national priority alongside president-elect Joe Biden, vice president-elect Kamala Harris, and the winners of House and Senate races nationwide. Congratulations!

Leading early childhood nonprofit urges administration and Congress to Think Babies in coming years

We invite you to Take Heart and join us for our second virtual annual conference. Mark your calendar for October 25 - 29...
11/06/2020
Annual Conference 2021 | Join the Mailing List

We invite you to Take Heart and join us for our second virtual annual conference. Mark your calendar for October 25 - 29, 2021!

Sign up here to be in the loop on updates, discounts, and speakers: https://bit.ly/3etyYgl #ZEROTOTHREE2021

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Babies start communicating long before they say their first words. In fact, there are actually 16 communication gestures...
11/05/2020
Let's Get to the Point on Pointing 👉🏾

Babies start communicating long before they say their first words. In fact, there are actually 16 communication gestures that usually occur by age 16 months!

Why pointing is a big milestone for babies: go.zerotothree.org/pointing

Parents, let's get to the point on pointing.

Yes, babies as 3 months old can sense when their parents are angry or sad, and can feel those emotions themselves.Kathle...
11/05/2020
It’s Not Just Adults Who Are Stressed. Kids Are, Too.

Yes, babies as 3 months old can sense when their parents are angry or sad, and can feel those emotions themselves.

Kathleen Mulrooney, program director for infant and early childhood mental health at ZERO TO THREE, discusses how babies and toddlers react to stress, via NYT Parenting.

Identifying your child’s emotional and behavioral reactions to stress is crucial, experts say, especially when anxieties are high.

Grateful for these messages (and adorable photos!) from Strolling Thunder families this morning. #ThinkBabies
11/04/2020

Grateful for these messages (and adorable photos!) from Strolling Thunder families this morning. #ThinkBabies

As mindful parents, we can be curious and open to understanding what our children are feeling and experiencing. These mi...
11/02/2020
Mindfulness Practices for Families

As mindful parents, we can be curious and open to understanding what our children are feeling and experiencing.

These mindfulness exercises are designed to help both parent and child experience a sense of calm connection: https://bit.ly/35keLp5

#MindfulnessMonday

When parents and children are feeling big emotions, it's good to find some calm. Simple mindfulness activities can help.

November is #MilitaryFamilyAppreciation month! ZERO TO THREE works to build the strongest start for ALL babies and toddl...
11/01/2020
Military and Veteran Families Support

November is #MilitaryFamilyAppreciation month! ZERO TO THREE works to build the strongest start for ALL babies and toddlers, and military children are no exception.

Thanks to USAA for their support.

ZERO TO THREE works on behalf of infants and toddlers of military and veteran families. As the military continue to serve our nation, our mission to serve their youngest family members continues as well.

When young children experience people helping, understanding, and enjoying them, they approach the world with openness a...
11/01/2020
Tips on Helping Your Child Build Relationships

When young children experience people helping, understanding, and enjoying them, they approach the world with openness and enthusiasm, and they grow to be responsive and caring people.

7 tips to help young children build relationships: https://go.zerotothree.org/relationships

Through relationships, children discover who they are and learn to understand others. Learn how you can help your infants and toddlers develop strong relationships with the people in their lives.

The biggest thing caregivers can do during a (completely developmentally normal!) toddler tantrum is to stay calm. Here'...
10/30/2020
Pro Tips for Managing Toddler Tantrums

The biggest thing caregivers can do during a (completely developmentally normal!) toddler tantrum is to stay calm.

Here's what else you can do to help: go.zerotothree.org/tantrums

Learning to manage BIG feelings is a BIG part of the toddler years. Here’s what you can do to help.

Want an exclusive look into ZERO TO THREE’s Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators ™? Learn how you can use ...
10/29/2020

Want an exclusive look into ZERO TO THREE’s Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators ™? Learn how you can use them in your own coaching practice.

Course registration is now OPEN! https://bit.ly/3jj4kad

No tricks, some treats, all fun—with minimal prep required!
10/28/2020

No tricks, some treats, all fun—with minimal prep required!

Supporting babies is on the ballot! 🗳️ Use the #ThinkBabies voter guide to learn more about infant and toddler issues an...
10/27/2020

Supporting babies is on the ballot! 🗳️

Use the #ThinkBabies voter guide to learn more about infant and toddler issues and where you can find candidates’ stances on them: https://bit.ly/2IQqqV5

It can be challenging to answer a toddler's questions when grieving, but simple and truthful explanations are best. #Pre...
10/27/2020
Talking About the Loss of a Baby With Young Siblings

It can be challenging to answer a toddler's questions when grieving, but simple and truthful explanations are best. #PregnancyLossAwareness

Grieving parents may wonder how to discuss their loss with young children. Here are some guidelines for talking about the loss with your older toddler or preschooler.

10/26/2020
Mindfulness Minute | Starfish Breathing

⏳ If you're seeing this, it's time for a mindfulness minute! Just 60 seconds can help bring a sense of calm to the rest of your day.

Learn more about mindfulness: go.zerotothree.org/mindfulness

Children who have been regularly exposed to stressors (like yelling, hurtful words, and aggression between parents) are ...
10/25/2020
Should We Fight in Front of the Kids?

Children who have been regularly exposed to stressors (like yelling, hurtful words, and aggression between parents) are more likely to experience developmental delays, aggression toward others, or problems sleeping and learning to use the toilet.

But that doesn't mean you should avoid all conflict in front of your children. Learn more: go.zerotothree.org/fighting

It happens to every couple—an angry moment, a disagreement, a hurt feeling.

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Virtual Event Reminder: “My Child Doesn’t Like to Eat!” Presentation by Dr. Timothy Sentongo, pediatric gastroenterologist Please join us TOMORROW EVENING for this great event! The Chicago Feeding Group is excited to welcome Dr. Timothy Sentongo, whose knowledge and expertise will be beneficial to both parents and professionals alike. This talk will provide an in-depth understanding of what constitutes a pediatric feeding disorder. The talk will discuss the gastrointestinal evaluation and medical management of pediatric feeding disorders and describe treatment from the perspective of a Gastroenterologist. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of diagnostic testing and collaboration between the gastroenterologist and feeding therapist. There will be plenty of time for questions at the end of this presentation, so come prepared! When: TOMORROW Tuesday May 12, 6:30 pm CST Where: Zoom Cost: FREE for parents and students, $20 for professionals Register: https://www.chicagofeedinggroup.org/events/talk-with-gi-doctor-timothy-sentongo/ The Zoom link will be sent to those who are registered for this event via email Tuesday afternoon. Please check your spam folder. This course has been submitted for EI credit through the Illinois Early Intervention Program. Those who paid for a professional ticket and are in attendance for the duration of the event will receive a certificate. We hope you can join us!
May 2020 – Virtual Continuing Education Opportunities related to Pediatric Feeding The Chicago Feeding Group, a local non-profit organization, is hosting affordable virtual continuing education events to support parents and professionals. As always, these events are FREE to parents and students! Professionals, please share with your families if you think they may benefit from participating! Presenters include Dr. Timothy Sentongo, a pediatric gastroenterologist with The University of Chicago and Comer Children’s Hospital, as well as pediatric feeding specialist Marsha Dunn Klein OTR/L, MEd, FAOTA, creator of The Get Permission Approach to feeding. The first event for this month is NEXT WEEK Tuesday May 12 at 6:30 pm CST. Dr. Timothy Sentongo will be sharing information on pediatric feeding disorders from the GI perspective, as well as information on diagnostic testing and collaboration between GI and feeding therapists. Marsha Dunn Klein will be joining us for TWO EVENTS this month: Thursday May 21 and Thursday May 28 at 6:30 pm CST. Join us to learn more about how to Grade the Ask and help children with new food trying, as well as how to STRETCH from familiar foods to new foods and help children build confidence with trust. Take a look at the newsletter below or head over to the CFG website for detailed descriptions, pricing, and registration for each course! https://www.chicagofeedinggroup.org/upcoming-events/ We hope you can join us!