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 domain

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 domain

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Know someone interesting in joining ZERO TO THREE to help ensure all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life? Br...
01/07/2022
Available Positions | ZERO TO THREE

Know someone interesting in joining ZERO TO THREE to help ensure all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life?

Browse our open positions in Communications & Marketing, Child Welfare, Development, Tribal Home Visiting and more! We offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.

ZERO TO THREE can provide you with the opportunities and challenges you need to excel and advance your career.

❄️ When chilly weather has us spending more time indoors, try these ideas to entertain energetic little ones: https://bi...
01/07/2022
At-Home Activity Guide

❄️ When chilly weather has us spending more time indoors, try these ideas to entertain energetic little ones: https://bit.ly/2IWsxn7

Play promotes healthy development, even when you're stuck at home.

"About 50% of kids began making their own jokes by 11 months old — and often, at least about every three hours or so whi...
01/06/2022
Babies develop a sense of humor after one month, study shows

"About 50% of kids began making their own jokes by 11 months old — and often, at least about every three hours or so while engaged with others."

Think you’re funny? Newborns don’t — at least, probably not until they reach about the one-month mark.

“Honestly, it’s going to be scary. It’s going to be hard going back to not having it.” West Virginia Strolling Thunder f...
01/05/2022
Child Tax Credit’s Extra Help Ends, Just as Covid Surges Anew

“Honestly, it’s going to be scary. It’s going to be hard going back to not having it.”

West Virginia Strolling Thunder family advocate, Anna Lara, talked with The New York Times about living without the Child Tax Credit: https://nyti.ms/3znWGFf

A pandemic benefit that many progressives hoped to make permanent has lapsed in a congressional standoff. Researchers say it spared many from poverty.

Supporting the entire family through a baby's first several months can literally transform their brain architecture. It'...
01/04/2022
New California Medicaid benefit to offer expanded childhood preventive care - Marketplace

Supporting the entire family through a baby's first several months can literally transform their brain architecture. It's called dyadic care, and Marketplace Business News digs into how #HealthyStepsZTT is helping provide this new Medi-Cal preventative care benefit—soon expanding to 6 more sites across L.A. County thanks to a generous grant from Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

It aims to enable community health workers to help parents navigate questions about food, sleep, behavior and child development.

Breathe in, breathe out! 🌬️ We're here to help with mindfulness techniques and resources to help you have a calm and con...
01/03/2022
Mindfulness in Early Childhood

Breathe in, breathe out! 🌬️ We're here to help with mindfulness techniques and resources to help you have a calm and connected new year!

Mindfulness is growing in popularity just about everywhere. Parenting and early childhood settings are no exception. There is good reason for this enthusiasm. Mindfulness has been used with adults to reduce stress, bolster overall health and psychological functioning, and assist a return to wellness...

01/02/2022
My 2022 Parenting Resolution

Heavy technology use by parents is associated with lower-quality parent-child interactions and more reports of challenging child behavior.

Can you commit to limiting "technoference" in 2022? 📱

Your 2022 parenting goals don't need to be complicated—just compassionate. Learn more about the 9 elements that power po...
01/01/2022

Your 2022 parenting goals don't need to be complicated—just compassionate.

Learn more about the 9 elements that power positive parenting: https://bit.ly/2Jbmo5v

Your 2022 parenting goals don't need to be complicated—just compassionate.

Learn more about the 9 elements that power positive parenting: https://bit.ly/2Jbmo5v

🥁 Drumroll please! Our top 5 resources of 2021 are...Parenting for Social Justice: https://bit.ly/3qHvE7y Getting Mobile...
12/31/2021
Parenting for Social Justice

🥁 Drumroll please! Our top 5 resources of 2021 are...

Parenting for Social Justice: https://bit.ly/3qHvE7y
Getting Mobile: https://bit.ly/3pdIom3
Sharing Your Calm: https://bit.ly/3rlKC5g
I is for Independent Play: https://bit.ly/3EcCQhL
Webinar Series: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Policy
https://bit.ly/37a9hPL

Help us keep bringing resources like these, programs like our Safe Babies Court Teams, events like Strolling Thunder, and resources like the State of Babies Yearbook to families, early childhood professionals, and policymakers with a donation to ZERO TO THREE this giving season: https://bit.ly/3d2g93W Development/Fundraising_yearendgiving_FB

Parents wonder how to raise children who will stand up against racism and injustice. We begin that conversation here.

We offer these tips for families with young children experiencing trauma and stress from the Colorado fires tearing thro...
12/31/2021
Coping with Trauma and Stress in the Face of Wildfires

We offer these tips for families with young children experiencing trauma and stress from the Colorado fires tearing through and threatening several communities. We hope you, your families, and your homes are safe.

As wildfires destroy communties, many parents with babies and young children will be affected. Whether you’re in an evacuation zone or in an area where you can see, smell or sense the smoke, adults and kids alike will feel the stress. Some may be significantly impacted. Here are some tips for pare...

Supporting the entire family through a baby's first several months can literally transform their brain architecture. It'...
12/30/2021
New California Medicaid benefit to offer expanded childhood preventive care - Marketplace

Supporting the entire family through a baby's first several months can literally transform their brain architecture. It's called dyadic care, and Marketplace Business News digs into how #HealthyStepsZTT is helping provide this new Medi-Cal preventative care benefit—soon expanding to 6 more sites across L.A. County thanks to a generous grant from Conrad N. Hilton Foundation https://bit.ly/32IG9PY

It aims to enable community health workers to help parents navigate questions about food, sleep, behavior and child development.

📦 A few ideas to put all those gift boxes to good use!
12/26/2021
5 Ways to Play…With a Cardboard Box

📦 A few ideas to put all those gift boxes to good use!

Don't toss that box into the recycling bin just yet! Small or large, boxes can provide endless fun for babies and toddlers.

Wishing you a happy holiday season with this gentle reminder. 💙When we slow down and give the precious gift of mindful a...
12/24/2021

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

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

As we reflect on 2021, we take pride in stories like these that put our impact front and center. With your support, we’r...
12/23/2021

As we reflect on 2021, we take pride in stories like these that put our impact front and center. With your support, we’re making “ZERO TO THREE” a household name and improving the lives of babies and their families.

Please consider making an end-of-year gift to make even more headlines possible in 2022. Through the end of the year, ALL gifts up to $50,000 will be matched & your impact will be doubled!

It just takes a few clicks: https://bit.ly/32fS1c1

👪 Reading together is a perfect way to cuddle up and celebrate the holidays—and really, any day! Check out these book re...
12/22/2021
Quiet, Cozy Celebrations: Curl Up With a Good Book

👪 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: go.zerotothree.org/books

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.

Because this is a time when families tend to gather and engage in traditions, it is also a time of year when we’re remin...
12/21/2021
Grief During the Holidays: How Parents Can Help Children (And…

Because this is a time when families tend to gather and engage in traditions, it is also a time of year when we’re reminded about who’s not there.

Tips on helping kids cope with grief during the holidays: https://to.pbs.org/331Mgw5

Loss can feel extra tough during the holiday season. As we enter the winter months, here is some wisdom for families experiencing grief, particularly around the loss of a loved one.

12/20/2021
Family Story | Paid Leave

Like so many families, Anna worked full time, but did not receive paid leave through her job. After giving birth to her son, Gareth, Anna exhausted her unpaid leave and was forced to return to work when he was just 6 weeks old.

As a newborn, Gareth, described by his parents as “sweet and bubbly,” also suffered from allergies, asthma, and other health complications. Without the benefit of paid leave to care for his medical needs, Anna ultimately resigned from her job—at great financial cost to her family.

Paid family and medical leave provide families like Anna’s the financial resources they need to ensure their babies’ safe and healthy development. Parents shouldn’t be faced with the same decision that Anna was. ZERO TO THREE is committed to ensuring that all working parents have access to paid family and medical leave.

Give today to help babies thrive: https://bit.ly/32fS1c1

Parents, it's not about how much you spend—the gift of your full, undivided attention is what young children crave. They...
12/20/2021
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. http://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.

Seeing unfamiliar faces during holiday gathering can make some children feel uncomfortable. Learn how to help children w...
12/19/2021
Children with Shy or Slow to Warm Up Temperaments

Seeing unfamiliar faces during holiday gathering can make some children feel uncomfortable.

Learn how to help children who are shy cope with new people, new experiences, and change in ways that suit their temperament. https://bit.ly/2Lf0L3R

Every child is born with his own way of approaching the world. Learn how to help your child cope with new people, new experiences, and change in ways that suit their temperament.

When in-person early childhood and infant mental health programs shifted online when the pandemic hit, providers quickly...
12/18/2021
Parent Voices Study - Perigee Fund

When in-person early childhood and infant mental health programs shifted online when the pandemic hit, providers quickly shifted to flexible approaches to meet families where they were.

Researchers from Portland State, Georgetown, and UConn interviewed 100 families and program providers to understand how programs were able to keep families engaged + increase quality of care in the process. Perigee Fund's new Parent Voice Study is a rare opportunity to hear directly from families, and ultimately shares 10 recommendations to ensure that programs are reaching the families most in need of support.

Read more: https://lnkd.in/gz3GdGNT

Maintaining Engagement Through Technology A team of researchers, supported by Perigee Fund and The Ford Family Foundation, interviewed providers and families in seven communities around the country about their experience participating in early childhood programs as they shifted to technology-based s...

Let's come together to give all babies and toddlers a strong start in life! As we close out the holiday giving season, w...
12/17/2021

Let's come together to give all babies and toddlers a strong start in life! As we close out the holiday giving season, we'd like to humbly ask our ZERO TO THREE family to consider hosting a personal fundraiser on your page to support our programs, projects, and initiatives that help babies thrive.

It just takes a few clicks to launch your fundraiser through Facebook! Start here: facebook.com/fund/zerotothree

Let's come together to give all babies and toddlers a strong start in life! As we close out the holiday giving season, we'd like to humbly ask our ZERO TO THREE family to consider hosting a personal fundraiser on your page to support our programs, projects, and initiatives that help babies thrive.

It just takes a few clicks to launch your fundraiser through Facebook! Start here: facebook.com/fund/zerotothree

Even before they start school, most children develop an understanding of addition and subtraction through everyday inter...
12/16/2021
Early Math and Science

Even before they start school, most children develop an understanding of addition and subtraction through everyday interactions.

How to make the most of these your daily routines and incorporate early math and science: https://bit.ly/3k4CQs5

Children use early math skills throughout their daily routines and activities. This is good news as these skills are important for being ready for school.

Young children learn self-control through interactions with peers, parents, and other loving adults—but it's a complex a...
12/14/2021
Discipline and Limit Setting

Young children learn self-control through interactions with peers, parents, and other loving adults—but it's a complex and long process!

Explore our resources to help caregivers support children in their emotional development: https://bit.ly/2YOA3Mc

In order to follow rules and understand limits, children need to develop self-control.

Kayla and Kyle had been foster parents for five years but, it was their first time having an infant in their care. When ...
12/14/2021
HealthySteps Helps Babies Thrive | Give Today

Kayla and Kyle had been foster parents for five years but, it was their first time having an infant in their care. When holding Theo, Kayla could tell he yearned for attention and love. She also noticed he was a little distant and seemed to not have the same physical strength as most six-month-olds.

Theo’s pediatrician confirmed that he wasn’t meeting critical developmental milestones, and he had significant medical needs that required intensive support and coordinated care.

It felt like a lot to handle. The ZERO TO THREE HealthySteps Specialist, who was part of Theo’s pediatric team, stepped in to help Kayla and Kyle confidently navigate the road ahead.

By placing highly trained early childhood development specialists alongside pediatricians, our HealthySteps program transforms pediatric care. We engage all members of the team to promote wellness, identify children and families most at risk for negative outcomes, and intervene early to set them on a course for lifelong well-being.

“I don't know how I was not so overwhelmed that I just threw in the towel,” reflects Kayla. “It was so much, but I didn't feel like it was so much because I had such an incredible amount of support and understanding.”

With the help of her pediatrician and HealthySteps Specialist, Theo began to thrive.

Since HealthySteps’ beginnings, we’ve reached over 300,000 children just like Theo—but there are still so many more young children that need access to the wraparound care that HealthySteps provides.

We’re quickly expanding across the country, but we need your help to do it. We’re counting on you to help us give babies the care they need now for a brighter future. Donate today: https://bit.ly/32fS1c1

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ICYMI! This morning, The New York Times and Gail Collins named ZERO TO THREE as an admirable charitable cause.We're thri...
12/13/2021
Opinion | It May Not Feel Like It Right Now, but There Is a World of Good We Can Do

ICYMI! This morning, The New York Times and Gail Collins named ZERO TO THREE as an admirable charitable cause.

We're thrilled for the recognition, and excited to welcome more donors as we work to ensure all babies and toddlers have the resources and support they need to thrive. Donate: zerotothree.org/thrive

A few worthies from Times Opinion’s giving guide and a few ... unworthies.

Laundry. Work. Meals. Holiday Planning. When you're feeling overwhelmed, the best first step is to remember to give your...
12/13/2021
How to be more compassionate with yourself

Laundry. Work. Meals. Holiday Planning. When you're feeling overwhelmed, the best first step is to remember to give yourself compassion.

Try these six things the next time you notice you are being critical with yourself.

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Concerns about coronavirus and safe travel with young children may have families re-thinking holiday traditions again this year. Video chat is an amazing technology that can strengthen relationships, but not if your little one wanders off. This article shares ten ways to engage your baby or toddler using video chat this holiday season. https://www.zerotothree.org/.../3752-10-ways-to-share... Reshared via Michigan Alliance for Families & ZERO TO THREE
😍 A sweet poem about Toddlers posted by ZERO TO THREE! Learn more about the stages of early development: zerotothree.org/early-development #ThinkingThursday
#Mindfulness during overwhelming times can be even more difficult. From breathing with a stuffed animal buddy to creating a glitter bottle, ZERO TO THREE offers strategies for families to find a few minutes of calm together.
Looking for activities to do with your little ones? Check out a Year Of Play from ZERO TO THREE. Each month you’ll find different themes and activities to do with your child.
😀Some great tips! Thanks ZERO TO THREE!
Sharing a book with your child helps them expand their vocabulary and introduces new experiences into their lives. This winter, slow down and curl up inside with one or more of ZERO TO THREE’s recommended story collections for readers of all ages.
Chances are, you have a lot of leftover cardboard boxes following the holiday season. Before you break those boxes down and send them to the recycling bin, consider using them as a tool for learning and play for your little ones. This post from our friends at ZERO TO THREE has some great suggestions on ways to help your toddler turn the mundane into something special:
These 9 helpful parenting tips from ZERO TO THREE could be a nice start to work towards in 2022! Happy New Year to all the mums, dads, babies and families I have met over the last 4 years by starting my private practice!!
Did you know that a baby's thinking skills start developing on day one? Learn how everyday play and exploration can support and foster this growth, from our partner ZERO TO THREE: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/200-driven-to-discover-how-thinking-skills-develop-through-everyday-play-and-exploration
"We always hear about how reading to babies and toddlers is good for them, but why?" Read more from ZERO TO THREE https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3081-five-fast-facts-reading-with-under-threes
If your child received toys over the holidays, it's a good opportunity to learn about how play can stimulate their brain development and what your role is during playtime. We recommend this article from ZERO TO THREE https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/1081-tips-on-playing-with-babies-and-toddlers. Have fun!
Behavior and temperament are shaped by experience and interactions in the early years. Understanding how your child approaches the world around them is an important component in nurturing healthy development early on. Learn more about the five temperament characteristics and how to best support your child’s temperament from ZERO TO THREE below.