More than 25 years ago, ZERO TO THREE rose to the challenge of strengthening the nation's ability to care for infants and toddlers by creating programs designed especially for leaders in the field. The core activity of ZERO TO THREE's Leadership Development program is the prestigious Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship, which enables professionals to better serve infants and toddlers in three fundamental ways.
The Fellowship promotes a wider flow of knowledge about new advances in science, brings infant-toddler professionals into a professional home where all disciplines are welcome, and broadens professionals' repertoires of leadership skills for our increasingly complex world. The 260-plus fellows have gone on to develop high-impact programs that improve the lives of infants and young children in communities around the country.
Fellowship Class of 2012 - The Fellowship program has been in existence since 1981 and has a Graduate Fellows national and international network of over 265 professionals across a broad diversity of disciplines and sectors whose work impacts the health, development, mental health, education, and well-being of infants, toddlers, and families. The goal of the Fellowship program is to support the career advancement of emerging and current leaders across multiple disciplines and to expand their knowledge of infant/toddler research, practice, and public policy. The Fellowship experience provides intensive mentoring, leadership development, public policy and advocacy training, media training, networking, and the opportunity to establish lifelong, collaborative, and rewarding professional relationships.
Purpose of the Fellowship Program - ZERO TO THREE's Leaders for the 21st Century is the nation’s oldest national fellowship program for infant-family professionals and policymakers and has over 260 alumni around the country. The program works to meet the nation’s growing need for dynamic leaders and a strong, multi-disciplinary network of professionals and policymakers who are dedicated to improving outcomes for infants, toddlers, and their families.
Selection Process - ZERO TO THREE Board members, staff, and alumni Fellows participate in reviewing the applications and selecting each class of Fellows.
Sponsor a Fellow - ZERO TO THREE’s Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship Program has received generous support from many private donors, both national and regional. In 2005, the program introduced regional sponsorships that allow philanthropies to sponsor individuals working on behalf of young children from their geographic area.
Graduate Fellows - ZERO TO THREE’s highly respected national fellowship program has been making a difference for infant-family professionals since 1981. More than 260 strong, alumni work in a broad variety of professional disciplines including psychology, early care and education, pediatric health care, early intervention, child welfare, and public policy.