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is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

Submission Guidelines

Each proposal must include a a cover letter that states that the proposed book will be an original work by the author(s) and not subject to copyright restrictions that would prevent its publication by the ZERO TO THREE Press. The manuscript must be typed, doubled-spaced, using a 12 pt. font and 1-inch margins, and follow American Psychological Assocation style.

For each author
A statement describing the special qualifications the author(s) would bring to publication of the proposed book, including education, professional experience, publishing credentials (from mainstream to academic), blurbs about previous work and, if possible, advance blurbs for the proposed book, media coverage (citations or quotations), and media appearances.

About the proposed book

Marketing and Promotion
Please provide details and, where relevant, data about the following: 

  • The book’s target market, the audience (See Target Audience below) and relevant demographics.
  • The book’s selling points, that is what might motivate someone to purchase the book, what the reader will gain from the book.
  • Positioning your book in the current book market: What books on the same subject are currently in print? How is your book different from those books? 
  • Other information—statistics, studies, polls, surveys—that indicate there’s a market for your book. 
  • Venues for promoting the book, such as professional conferences, websites, radio and television shows, magazines and newspapers. Please indicate any special relationships.


  • Title
  • Overview (1-2 pages) explanation of the scope, focus, and purpose.
  • Significant or unique features (e.g., new subject area, distinguished contributors, unique structure). Provide information that will help us answer the question, “Why does this book represent a needed new contribution to the infant-family field?” Also tell us what other books or resources already are available on your topic or closely related topics and how your proposed book differs from these.
  • Book outline, listing each chapter with a one- to two-paragraph narrative description of what will be covered in each chapter. Authors submitting an already completed manuscript should submit, in lieu of a book outline, a table of contents with each copy of the manuscript.
  • Two sample chapters.
  • Authors submitting an already completed manuscript should submit, in lieu of two sample chapters, one hard copy and one electronic copy of the manuscript.
  • Proposed format—if you are proposing a book of unusual size or format, please describe it and tell us why you think this format is the best way to present your content to the intended audience.
  • Describe any photographs, illustrations, charts, etc., that will be part of the book.
  • Estimated length—We are looking for manuscripts that are a minimum of 160 manuscript pages, ranging from 40,000 to 100,000 words.

Target Audience
Please list the intended audience(s) of the proposed book. Audience categories include:


Beginning practitioners
University & postgraduate students

Mid-level professionals
(practitioners & administrators)

Experienced professionals
(practitioners & administrators)

Educators & trainers
Others (please specify)

Community college & undergraduate students


Please list the settings in which the book is likely to be particularly useful.


Early care/education center-based
Maternal and child health/public health

Early care/education home-based
Specialized health care

Early Head Start
Infant mental health

Early intervention
Program administration

Child abuse and neglect prevention
Program evaluation

Child welfare and foster care
Judicial system
Judicial system Community college
(credentialing or associate degree classes)

Community development
College (undergraduate classes)

Family support
University (graduate classes)

Primary pediatric health care
Other (please describe)

Prenatal and perinatal care


Mail one copy of your submission to:

Stefanie Powers
2000 M Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036-3307

Email an electronic version to spowers@zerotothree.org


    • Full name (if more than one author, please designate contact person)
    • Mailing address, phone, fax, and email
    • Curriculum vitae or resumé in brief (attach)
    • Paragraph responding to the following:
      • Have you (any of the authors) previously published a book on a similar topic? Name title, book publisher, year published, retail cost, hardback or paperback.
      • Have you previously published books for the same target audience? List.
      • Has any of the content of the proposed book been published elsewhere? Name source and publication date.



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