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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.

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Wishing you a happy holiday season with this gentle reminder. 💙 When we slow down and give the precious gift of mindful ...
12/24/2020

Wishing you a happy holiday season with this gentle reminder. 💙

When we slow down and give the precious gift of mindful attention to children, we let them know how much they are loved. This attention also helps them adapt to the excitement and unusual routines that may come at this time of year.

Read more: go.zerotothree.org/presence

12/24/2020
Family Tips for the 2020 Holiday Season

You can still spend quality time with your family, even from afar! Try these tips from parenting expert, Rebecca Parlakian.

See more resources on navigating the holiday season this year: go.zerotothree.org/holidays

In this unprecedented holiday season, many military families will be away from loved ones. Our Babies on the Homefront a...
12/23/2020
Babies on the Homefront

In this unprecedented holiday season, many military families will be away from loved ones. Our Babies on the Homefront app has information on helping young children stay connected when away from family – whether that’s a service member or a grandparent. Learn more at babiesonthehomefront.org.

We appreciate 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...

"Even in the midst of all of this adversity, no child is lost. We never speak about children being irreparably damaged."...
12/22/2020
Experts say this is what children need to survive the COVID-19 pandemic

"Even in the midst of all of this adversity, no child is lost. We never speak about children being irreparably damaged." - Chief Policy Officer, Myra Jones-Taylor

She and several other child development experts weigh in on resilience, toxic stress, and the effects of screen time: https://bit.ly/3hbrrnV via USA TODAY

USA TODAY spoke with experts in child development on how remote school, reduced socialization and increased screen time is affecting kids.

Expecting some virtual visits with family this holiday season? Use these tips for smoother screen conversations: https:/...
12/22/2020
Five Tips to Make the Most of Video Chats

Expecting some virtual visits with family this holiday season? Use these tips for smoother screen conversations: https://bit.ly/2DjNy9I

Video chatting with apps such as FaceTime and Skype is a great way for young children to stay in touch with long-distance family and friends. Use these five tips to help children build relationships, communicate and learn from loved ones on the screen.

Throughout this difficult year, infant-toddler advocates continued to show up, and urged our leaders to #ThinkBabies and...
12/21/2020
10 Ways the Field Has Stood Up for Babies in 2020

Throughout this difficult year, infant-toddler advocates continued to show up, and urged our leaders to #ThinkBabies and prioritize the needs of our infants and toddlers and their families. Together, our voices are being heard.

Thank you for thinking babies in 2020. We look forward to holding fast again in 2021!

Remember: the 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 the toy is doing, the 𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 your child is learning.
12/21/2020
Best Toys for Babies & Toddlers

Remember: the 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 the toy is doing, the 𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 your child is learning.

As the holidays approach, choose gifts that will spark your child’s imagination and stand the test of time.

12/20/2020
Make a Year-End Gift Today

The day Donaria was born was her mother Pauline's first day of sobriety. Pauline feared she was going to lose her baby, who was born on the spectrum for fetal alcohol disorders. As she sat in the hospital, Pauline said to herself, “I’m going to do everything it takes to keep her.”

Luckily for Donaria and Pauline, the Safe Babies Court Team in Pulaski County, Arkansas guided their foster care journey and helped make significant and, lasting positive changes that would affect their entire family.

Donaria now thrives under her mother’s confident parenting.

ZERO TO THREE’s Safe Babies Court Team approach engages teams of judges, attorneys, and early education and health care providers to change the lives of babies and families in 29 states across the country. The approach connects babies, toddlers, and their families with needed supports and services, with a goal of advancing health, well-being, and reaching a permanent home as soon as possible.

Donaria and Pauline’s success story isn’t an unusual one: Among 231 children with cases managed and closed by Safe Babies Court Teams between April 2015 and May 2018, 83.7% reached a permanent home within 12 months, double the national standard expectation established by the Children's Bureau of 40.5%!

While every baby’s potential is unlimited, the window of time to provide that child with the strongest foundation for success is not. Simply put, Babies Can’t Wait— and with our Safe Babies Court Team approach, we help ensure that infants and toddlers reach their “forever” homes as quickly as possible.

Your support of ZERO TO THREE enables us to grow and expand our programs like Safe Babies Court Teams—helping to create more success stories like Donaria and Pauline’s. Donate: go.zerotothree.org/giving

Picky eating is more of a typical milestone than a challenging behavior, and research has shown that children who weren’...
12/20/2020
Research-Based Mealtime Hacks for “Picky” Eaters

Picky eating is more of a typical milestone than a challenging behavior, and research has shown that children who weren’t pressured about what/how much they ate actually ate more than the children who were pressured to eat.

Learn more: go.zerotothree.org/pickyeaters

Here's what the research says about teaching our littlest food critics to try new foods.

Today is #WreathsAcrossAmerica Day, when volunteers honor those who have served by placing wreaths at veteran memorials ...
12/19/2020

Today is #WreathsAcrossAmerica Day, when volunteers honor those who have served by placing wreaths at veteran memorials across the country.

ZERO TO THREE recognizes the importance of the contributions of military service members, veterans, and their families. To learn more about our work supporting military-connected families, please visit babiesonthehomefront.org.

Thank you to USAA for your support.

Childhood trauma and ACEs are at the forefront in this week's PBS NewsHour series, “Invisible Scars: America’s Childhood...
12/18/2020
Treating trauma early to help children cope down the line

Childhood trauma and ACEs are at the forefront in this week's PBS NewsHour series, “Invisible Scars: America’s Childhood Trauma Crisis", and last night's segment featured a first-hand look at how ZERO TO THREE's HealthySteps pediatric primary care program takes an innovative approach to prevention. We applaud their commitment to raising awareness of this growing, silent epidemic.

Watch now >> http://to.pbs.org/2KC9mD4

More on the resources and programs discussed in this series: http://to.pbs.org/37tr6cI
More on HealthySteps ACEs screening and Trauma-Informed Care: http://bit.ly/38k1Fd1

Just as our understanding of trauma’s long-term impacts has grown in recent years, so too has our grasp of how to treat and prevent it. And this evolution has continued during the pandemic, forcing those who are giving and receiving treatment to adapt. Special correspondent Cat Wise and producer R...

There are 12M infants and toddlers in the U.S., and each was born with unlimited potential. As we look back on 2020, let...
12/17/2020
10 Ways the Field Has Stood Up for Babies in 2020

There are 12M infants and toddlers in the U.S., and each was born with unlimited potential. As we look back on 2020, let’s recognize the moments in which we truly stood up for our little ones. #ThinkBabies

Thank you for thinking babies in 2020. We look forward to holding fast again in 2021!

Parents, it's not about how much you spend—the gift of your full, undivided attention is what young children crave. They...
12/17/2020
Your Presence is the Present

Parents, it's not about how much you spend—the gift of your full, undivided attention is what young children crave. They will flourish within warm feelings of being seen and heard.

Learn more: go.zerotothree.org/presence

When we take a break from the bustle, slow down and give that precious gift of mindful attention to our children, we let them know how much they are loved.

"In fact, spending a few minutes chatting with your kids or sitting for story time can improve your mood rating, says Ne...
12/16/2020
How Having Kids Can Boost Your Happiness, According to Science

"In fact, spending a few minutes chatting with your kids or sitting for story time can improve your mood rating, says Nelson-Coffey, and engaging in play with your kids — even 10 minutes — is associated with a better mood."

Playing with your kiddos for just 10 minutes can make you feel *much* happier.

Join us to gain new insights about how racism shapes our lives from our earliest days. We'll share strategies and resour...
12/15/2020
Virtual Event Registration

Join us to gain new insights about how racism shapes our lives from our earliest days. We'll share strategies and resources to help address racism and advance equity in #earlychildhood systems, services, and programs. Register now: https://bit.ly/2ObPinJ

Participate in these interactive presentations from the comfort of your home or office, without the expense and disruption of travel. Check back often for new events and be sure to mark your calendar!

When parents and children are feeling big emotions, find some calm—together!Tips: go.zerotothree.org/mindfulfamilies
12/14/2020

When parents and children are feeling big emotions, find some calm—together!

Tips: go.zerotothree.org/mindfulfamilies

There's no playbook for parenting! ZERO TO THREE and our partners at the National Parenting Education Network  - NPEN kn...
12/12/2020

There's no playbook for parenting! ZERO TO THREE and our partners at the National Parenting Education Network - NPEN know that 𝘢𝘭𝘭 parents need and deserve education and support.

Learn more about positive parenting: https://bit.ly/2HTfcxB

Choosing the perfect gift for a young child is often simpler than we think. 😉More tips for finding the perfect toy: http...
12/12/2020

Choosing the perfect gift for a young child is often simpler than we think. 😉

More tips for finding the perfect toy: http://bit.ly/2uu6qzf

😴 We've all been there—it's well past nap-time but they just can't seem to settle down! One possible reason for the fuss...
12/11/2020

😴 We've all been there—it's well past nap-time but they just can't seem to settle down! One possible reason for the fuss? They're over-tired.

Next time, look for your baby’s “sleep signals” that show when they are tired. Seize the moment before the “sleepy window” has passed. The first signs of tiredness—eye rubbing, yawning, slowing down—should signal a transition to the bedtime routine.

Find more resources on common sleep challenges at go.zerotothree.org/sleep.

👪 Reading together is a perfect way to cuddle up and celebrate the holidays—and really, any day! Check out these book re...
12/10/2020
Books that Celebrate & Build Traditions

👪 Reading together is a perfect way to cuddle up and celebrate the holidays—and really, any day! Check out these book recommendations from birth to 5 years old.

There's never a bad time to share a book with your little one. But the holidays provide a special opportunity to connect with family members through books that celebrate traditions.

"Fetuses of expectant moms with higher anxiety levels were more likely to have weaker connections between two brain area...
12/08/2020
Stress during pregnancy may harm unborn baby's brain, studies find

"Fetuses of expectant moms with higher anxiety levels were more likely to have weaker connections between two brain areas involved in executive and higher cognitive functions and stronger connections between parts of the brain connected to emotional and behavioral controls."

Read more about this recent study: https://us.cnn.com/2020/12/07/health/pregnancy-stress-fetal-impact-study-wellness/index.html

The stress a woman feels during pregnancy can affect the developing brain of her unborn child, contributing to emotional, behavioral and physical changes that may harm a child's development, studies have found.

You nurture, teach, prepare meals, change diapers, play, resolve conflicts, and provide the structure that helps childre...
12/07/2020
Mindfulness for Early Childhood Professionals

You nurture, teach, prepare meals, change diapers, play, resolve conflicts, and provide the structure that helps children feel safe and secure.

When all of those things seem to collide at once, try these tips to de-stress!

#MindfulnessMonday

Stressed? Bring Mindfulness to Work.

Sound familiar? ➡️ While you care for the children during your coparent’s meeting, after the presentation, your coparent...
12/06/2020
Four Steps for Communicating Challenges With Your Coparent

Sound familiar? ➡️ While you care for the children during your coparent’s meeting, after the presentation, your coparent takes over. But the children come in frequently to give you a hug, show you something, or chat. Your coparent apologizes and says they miss you. You have not had a chance to make much progress on your deadline. Now there are only a few hours left in the work day.

Tips to effectively bridge the gap: https://bit.ly/37ztuO8

Our experts offer these four practical steps for bridging the gap between coparents when differences arise.

There’s no right or wrong way to crawl. As long as a baby is making progress in his ability to use his body to get aroun...
12/06/2020
Steps Toward Crawling

There’s no right or wrong way to crawl. As long as a baby is making progress in his ability to use his body to get around, that’s what is important.

The process of learning to crawl is actually pretty complex. Try these tips to support your baby as they explore movement through crawling.

Anyone know a baby or toddler who's a "climber"? 🙋🏽‍♂️⁠⁠It can be challenging to channel their adventurous energy, but m...
12/04/2020

Anyone know a baby or toddler who's a "climber"? 🙋🏽‍♂️⁠

It can be challenging to channel their adventurous energy, but making active play part of your daily routine (indoors or out) can go a long way! A few ideas: https://bit.ly/2S9T7za

Ever notice how young children often prefer playing with an everyday item over a fancy toy? Check out these clever activ...
12/03/2020
5 Ways to Play...

Ever notice how young children often prefer playing with an everyday item over a fancy toy? Check out these clever activity ideas using things you already have!

Bells and whistles and lights, oh my! The more the toy is doing, the less the child is learning.

We're honored to be included in Romper's list of the "best places to donate if you want to help kids"!Give today to help...
12/03/2020
15 Best Places To Donate This Giving Tuesday If You Want To Help Kids In Need

We're honored to be included in Romper's list of the "best places to donate if you want to help kids"!

Give today to help ensure that every baby has what they need to thrive: go.zerotothree.org/giving

From No Kid Hungry to Afterschool Alliance & more, these charities are the perfect place to donate on Giving Tuesday if you want to help children

Learning to share with grace is a long process. Rather than dreading moments of struggle between children, consider them...
12/02/2020

Learning to share with grace is a long process. Rather than dreading moments of struggle between children, consider them to be rich opportunities to help children learn critical skills—in this case, self-regulation, empathy, and conflict resolution—all of which will help them become better at sharing.

Learn more: go.zerotothree.org/sharing

There is still plenty of time to register for the first installment of our Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health webi...
12/02/2020

There is still plenty of time to register for the first installment of our Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health webinar series!

Join us on Thursday Dec. 3 at 2pm ET for the first session, Advancing IECMH Policy: https://bit.ly/3oacEfg

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#Toddlers are people too. Why are they stinkers sometimes? In my observations, toddlers "misbehave" at times because they are developmentally in a place where they are beginning to form opinions and they are learning how to express these opinions. These #opinions may be different than ours, or expressed at inconvenient times for the parent, so we label it as misbehaving. 
 Take, for example, the toddler that throws a piece of food on the ground or refuses to eat some food offered to them. They are exercising their #willpower. This is developmentally understandable. And yet, parents, myself included, think that I know best and are tempted to force THEIR opinion (or the food) on the child. There are many strategies to expose new foods to your child or make sure your #child is getting the right amount of nutrition. Aside from that, I think it is important to listen to your toddler. 
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In the beginning. A child was born, and he/she shall be called? Stand with us for equal justice, equal funding for providing safe, loving, caring, and nutritional meals for the children in childcare, the providers, and staff who assist. To receive higher pay and benefits just like the school system.
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!