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Little Kids, Big Questions
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.

Military One Source - 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. To order materials at no charge visit Military OneSource and go to the “orderable materials” page.

Military Homefront - DOD web site for reliable Quality of Life information designed to help troops and their families

Families OverComing Under Stress - As a service initiated by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), the Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS) Project addresses concerns related to a parent’s combat operational stress injuries and combat-related physical injuries by providing state-of-the-art family resiliency services to military children and families. ZERO TO THREE and FOCUS have worked together in a number of capacities, including hosting a webinar to support professionals on practical ways they can assist military families with very young children.

Reach Out and Read - Reach Out and Read promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and giving advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. Reach Out and Read has collaborated with ZERO TO THREE in their work to provide resources to medical professionals serving Guard and Reserve families and has also provided ZERO TO THREE’s Home Again book to their military sites.

Real Warriors Campaign - The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families.

The Real Warriors Campaign promotes help-seeking behavior among service members and veterans. To reach the broadest audience possible, the campaign features a variety of strategies including outreach and partnerships, print materials, media outreach, an interactive website and social media.  ZERO TO THREE is proud to be a partner identified to support those families with very young children.

The Military Child Education Coalition
- The Military Child Education Coalition’s (MCEC) work is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. MCEC performs research, develops resources, conducts professional institutes and conferences, and publishes resources for all constituencies. In 2009, MCEC partnered with ZERO TO THREE on expanding their popular “Tell Me a Story” program which is aimed at bringing resources and support to the families with very young children, and the organizations continue to collaborate on addressing the needs of our military families.

The National Military Family Association - The mission of the National Military Family Association (NMFA) is to fight for benefits and programs that strengthen and protect uniformed services families and reflect the nation’s respect for their service. As a member of ZERO TO THREE’S Coming Together Around Military Families Expert Advisory Group, NMFA has been a key partner in bringing the issues of military families with very young children to the forefront. In addition, ZERO TO THREE participated in NMFA’s Summit titled “When Parents Deploy: Understanding the Experiences of Military Children and Spouses.”

Uniformed Services University Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
- The work of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) addresses a wide scope of trauma exposure from the consequences of combat, operations other than war, terrorism, natural and humanmade disasters, and public health threats. CSTS is a part of the nation’s federal medical school, Uniformed Services University (USU), and its Department of Psychiatry, as well as a partnering center of the newly established Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. Dr. Steven Cozza, Associate Director of CSTS, served as co-chair of ZERO TO THREE’s Coming Together Around Military Children Expert Advisory Group, and CSTS is also collaborating with ZERO TO THREE on the Research and Resilience initiative.

United Through Reading - United Through Reading’s mission is to unite families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together. The programs developed by United Through Reading provide opportunities for emotional bonding that relieve the stress of separation and instill a love of reading by providing the opportunity for family members to make a recording on DVD of themselves reading a book aloud to their children. ZERO TO THREE and United Through Reading collaborate on opportunities to share information with the public about the application of this program with military families with very young children through webinars and  broadcast news Also, ZERO TO THREE board books are provided in the United Through Reading libraries.




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