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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.

Parenting Infants and Toddlers Today

What has a more powerful influence on how parents raise their young children: the way they were raised or their faith? What roles do professionals and friends play in shaping parents’ views on childrearing? What impact is the economic downturn having on child care arrangements for young families? 

These questions and more are some of the issues addressed in a new national parent survey of 1,615 parents of children from birth to 3 years conducted for ZERO TO THREE by Peter Hart Research. The survey was designed to explore the issues and challenges that parents of young children confront today, gaps in knowledge about early development, sources of information and support to which parents turn, and factors that influence their approaches to parenting.

The survey was conducted between June 4th and 11th 2009 and was funded by MetLife Foundation. The research includes an oversample of 200 African American and 200 Hispanic parents.

Below are a range of resources related to the survey findings that we hope you will access and use in your work to support babies, toddlers and their families.

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To view and listen to the webinar, click here

Parenting Infants and Toddlers Today PowerPoint Presentation

Parenting Infants and Toddlers Today Executive Summary and Implications of Findings

Research Methodology and Overview of Sample

Survey Objectives

Parenting Infants and Toddlers Today complete report


Handouts for Parents and Professionals on Key Research Findings

Survey Press Release

View our donor newsletter the Growth Chart, with articles expanding on the survey’s most important findings





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