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Western Office

Western Office: Who We Are, What We Do

ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals, and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development. For almost three decades, ZERO TO THREE has translated cutting-edge research into knowledge and action. Based in Downtown Los Angeles, ZERO TO THREE Western Office places this expertise directly into the hands of all who affect the lives of children in California and other western states. The need is great. California alone is home to more than 1.5 million children under 3 years old. Our goal is to align ground-breaking research with the real needs of the region’s youngest residents and serve as a vital link with programs and policy. The office is run by a team of seasoned early childhood professionals and policy advocates who bring a national perspective and expertise of a highly respected and trusted organization.


The ZERO TO THREE Western Office recognizes the particularly pressing need for parent engagement and training throughout California and the Western Region. We want to develop a lasting relationship with the parents and ultimately enhance the availability and quality of resources available. We are sensitive to the cultural diversity present in every community; one strength of ZERO TO THREE is our ability to provide culturally meaningful resources for parents to strengthen the health and well-being of infants and toddlers.


The ZERO TO THREE Western Office provides leadership and encourages engagement by stakeholders in the infant-toddler field to ensure that the system will meet the needs of families with very young children. The ZERO TO THREE Western Office also identifies resources that can support the development of high-quality infant–toddler early learning programs.


The ZERO TO THREE Western Office promotes high-quality programming for young children by supporting a comprehensive early learning system and, in so doing, becomes the voice of infants and toddlers within the broader birth to 5 agenda. ZERO TO THREE Western Office provides local impact at the state and county levels by educating state commission members, legislators, supervisors, business leaders, and others on access, quality improvement, and evidence-based programs for infants and toddlers, including child care, home visitation, child welfare, and family support services.

Latest Recources From The Western Office:

Foundations for Success  

Foundations For Success: Shared Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes for the Cross-Sector Prenatal Through Age Three Workforce Alignment Matrix

This paper provides an in-depth look at the P-3 WFD project and provides a tool for identifying core competencies that are universal to the diverse early childhood workforce.

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Findings of a Cross-Sector Core Competencies Project: Supporting a Workforce For Infants, Toddlers and Their Families

This paper provides an overview of the P-3 WFD project, summarizes key findings, and identifies next steps from the Core Competencies Workforce Development Summit held April 2013.

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Webinar: Developing Cross-Sector Competencies for the Infant-Toddler Workforce

The infant-toddler workforce spans a broad range of practitioners from many disciplines.  This webinar shares efforts to develop and implement cross-disciplinary competencies for infant-toddler practitioners that support effective practices across these disciplines, and also  discusses research findings on the impact of competencies on program quality.

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Policy Brief: Core Competencies for the Prenatal Through Age Three Workforce

This brief describes our policy and program recommendations for maximizing the prenatal through age three core competencies.

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Policy Brief: Improving Access to Early Identification and Intervention: 211 LA County Developmental Screening and Care Coordination

This policy brief by the ZERO TO THREE Western Office describes the 211 LA County telephone-based developmental screening and care coordination program. It offers policy recommendations for expanding and replicating the model and discusses research supporting universal developmental screening.

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ZERO TO THREE Western Office
350 S. Bixel Street, Suite 150
Los Angeles, CA 90017
213.481.2891 fax


Director, Tahra Goraya



Senior Policy Analyst, R. Bong Vergara



Senior Director of Programs, Christina Nigrelli




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