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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.


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ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development.

Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.

We were founded in 1977 by top experts in child development, health and mental health. We have evolved into the organization that plays a critical leadership role in promoting understanding around key issues affecting young children and their families, including child care, infant mental health, early language and literacy development, early intervention and the impact of culture on early childhood development.

Our Vision
At ZERO TO THREE we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.

Our Work
ZERO TO THREE is unique in our multidisciplinary approach to child development. Our emphasis on bringing together the perspectives of many fields and many specialists is rooted in the robust research studies showing that all domains of development—social, emotional, intellectual, language and physical—are interdependent and work together to promote a child’s overall health and well-being in the context of his family and culture.

All of our work is:

  • Grounded in research and experience
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Collaborative
  • Culturally responsive
  • Clinically informed
  • Accessible

Meet the People Behind ZERO TO THREE

Our Management Team and Board of Directors Click here for Management Team andBoard of Directors listing and biographies

Our Fellows
Leaders for the 21st Century is our national fellowship program that brings together professionals in a range of disciplines to help expand their scientific knowledge of early childhood and enhance their leadership capacity. Click here to learn more about our ZERO TO THREE fellows.

Our Employees
ZERO TO THREE values cultural and professional diversity among its staff and is widely recognized as an outstanding place to work. ZERO TO THREE is an equal opportunity employer. We have over 100 employees.

Financial Highlights Click here for ZERO TO THREE Annual Report
Operating Revenue and Support: $20.5 million FY2014

www.zerotothree.org (launched in 1997)

Washington, DC, with a regional office in Los Angeles, CA

National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 638-1144 | Fax: (202) 638-0851

Western Office
350 South Bixel Street, Suite 150
Los Angeles, California 90017
(213) 481-7279 | Fax: (213) 481-2891



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Call for Proposals - 2016 Annual Conference

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