ZERO TO THREE serves as a subcontractor in the second 5-year phase of Center on the Social and Emotional Foundation for Early Learning (CSEFEL), which has as its primary goal to enhance the capacity of Head Start and child care professionals to support social-emotional development and school readiness in low-income children birth to age five. Funded by the OHS and the Child Care Bureau, challenging behaviors are a specific focus and evidence-based training approaches and materials are being designed to help professionals understand the meaning behind these behaviors and develop appropriate responses to ensure that early development stays on track. ZERO TO THREE’s work as a subcontractor has focused on creating training modules for professionals working with infants and toddlers to accompany modules developed during the first five year phase for the two-five year age group. These training modules have been put on the CSEFEL website to be downloaded and used by trainers. ZERO TO THREE will continue to develop additional materials for the field based on these modules. CSEFEL is also working with a small number of states, tribes and territories each year that apply to receive support to build capacity for widespread CSEFEL training, to develop a cadre of trainers across the state and to create centers of excellence where CSEFEL approaches will be disseminated and evaluated.
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