During the month of May we pay tribute to the many contributions military spouses make as they “keep the home fires burning.” These men and women do much to make sure our service members are able to deploy at a moment’s notice, including working hard to keep their little ones connected to their deployed mommies and daddies and to help their babies and toddlers adjust to the many transitions that are a part of being a military or Veteran family. ZERO TO THREE is proud to join our nation in recognizing the sacrifices and contributions made by military-connected spouses. For more than a decade, ZERO TO THREE has been working on behalf of infants and toddlers of military and Veteran families. As the military continue to serve our nation, our mission to serve their youngest family members continues as well.
“Babies on the Homefront” Mobile App
ZERO TO THREE’s “Babies on the Homefront” is a free, downloadable app designed specifically for military and veteran parents of young children. The app, made possible by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, offers an array of written and video information to share with families, including behavior tips, parent-child activities, and parental self-care strategies. The app is available in both English and Spanish.
We appreciate the unique strengths and contributions of the veterans in our communities.
Military Family Projects at ZERO TO THREE is pleased to announce the development of resources that are tailored to the needs, strengths, and interests of young children of veteran families, as well as the professionals who serve them. These materials, generously funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, are now available on our ZERO TO THREE website. We anticipate that these resources will serve as critical tools for engaging veterans and their families as they transition into civilian status.
Sparrow is now available for purchase from the Zero To Three Bookstore.
Expanding Our Outreach - As our extensive Duty to Care trainings have come to an end, Military Family Projects is pleased to announce its expanded efforts on behalf of Veteran families and their providers, as well as to highlight issues related to young children with special needs in military families.
Duty to Care – You Make a Difference (E-Learning Course) - For early child education professionals, these 3 twenty-minute interactive e-learning modules offer insights and strategies for supporting young children during deployment, injury or death of a Service member. Your supportive relationship and the little things you say and do every day can make a big difference in the lives of parents and children.
Supporting Young Children - These brochures focus on the unique experience of parenting a baby or toddler, particularly during times of stress and separation that military families may be experiencing.
Honoring our Babies and Toddlers - This 3-piece set, designed for professionals and military parents, provides methods to support young children affected by stress, trauma, grief, and loss due to a military parent’s deployment, injury, or death.
CTAMF E-newsletter - Coming Together Around Military Families® E-newsletter- A quarterly newsletter for professionals from Military Family Projects at ZERO TO THREE, which provides the most up-to-date resources and knowledge specifically tailored to the needs of military families with very young children and for a multidisciplinary audience of health, mental health, family support, and early education professionals.
Materials available at Military OneSource - You can now order CTAMF materials. ZERO TO THREE provides a comprehensive collection of materials for parents, caregivers, and professionals who work to meet the needs of military families with babies and toddlers affected events such as deployment and reunification.
Related Organizations - For more information on additional resources focused on helping families with young children.
Sample Letters for Parents to Give Professionals - Parents can use these sample letters with a medical provider or child care professional to help them better understand their family’s experiences.
Parent Flyers - Download 7 parent flyers that emphasize the importance of supporting babies and toddlers during deployment and relocation.
Young Children on the Homefront: Family Stories, Family, Strengths DVD - Military families share their unique deployment experiences and challenges, and they offer tips and strategies that parents will find useful in supporting their young child before, during, and after deployment
"Over There" Activity Book - ZERO TO THREE has developed this book to help parents find the words to reassure your child that Mommy or Daddy is out there thinking about and loving him from far away.
Medical / Health Care - Time-saving tools are available now to aid the busy clinician in understanding a military family’s deployment-related issues, with resources the clinician can provide families about deployment, reunification, injury, and bereavement.
Research and Resilience - Military Family Projects at ZERO TO THREE is pleased to provide an overview of Research and Resilience, an 18-month initiative generously funded by the Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund of the California Community Foundation.
A Professional’s Guide to Creating Activities for Strengthening Parent-Child Connections - Are you looking for ways to include children under 5 in your programming? It isn’t surprising since children ages birth to 5 years old make up about 40% of Active Duty children and 25% of all the children in National Guard families. “Connections” will help you in creating activities that are interactive and fun, while promoting strong parent-child connections and parental self-care. These activities are also perfect for those coordinating Yellow Ribbon events, with ideas that early care providers might use to involve even the youngest children.
Little Listeners - This booklet provides useful reminders and suggestions about behaviors in young children during stressful times and concrete guidance and activities to provide support throughout these challenging events.
Articles You Can Use - Download 5 "Articles You Can Use" focused on: Self-Care, Relocation, Pre-Deployment, Deployment, and Post-Deployment. Click on an article to read about ways to support your child during these challenging times.