Claire Lerner

Claire Lerner, L.C.S.W.-C, is Senior Parenting Advisor at ZERO TO THREE, focusing on outreach and engagement with parents.

Claire Lerner

Senior Parenting Advisor

Ms. Lerner is a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist. She served as the Director of Parenting Resources at ZERO TO THREE for over 18 years, overseeing the development of all parenting content, print and digital. Recently she has taken on the position of Senior Parenting Advisor to focus on expanding the organization’s reach directly to parents.

Ms. Lerner is the author of numerous parenting publications and articles in addition to podcast and video series’ for parents and professionals. Ms. Lerner writes a column for and has also written columns for Parenting: The Early Years and American Baby Magazines. She is frequently quoted in other Parenting publications and has been a source on early childhood development for NPR and numerous national daily newspapers such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe and the London Times.

In addition to creating content at ZERO TO THREE, Claire has directed several professional development projects designed to build strong, trusting, collaborative relationships with families of young children.

Ms. Lerner has also been a practicing clinician for 30 years, partnering with parents to understand the behavior and development of their young children. She also provides consultation and training to local preschools and pediatric residents.

Ms. Lerner participates on numerous national advisory panels and task forces related to early child development including the National Parenting Education Network and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Early Childhood Development.

Ms. Lerner is also the parent of 2 spirited children, Sam (25) and Jess (22), who still challenge her to practice what she preaches.