Darneshia Allen, BS, is a Director of Practice and Field Operations for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE
Darneshia offers over 29 years of experience working with young children. Her background includes intensive work with families in urban communities, years of experience in Early Care and Education which ultimately led to the development of a Pre-K 4 program. She joined ZERO TO THREE as the Arkansas Community Coordinator for the Pulaski County Safe Babies Court Team Project in 2009. In the continuous leadership of ZERO TO THREE, Ms. Bell has provided support for communities implementing the Safe Babies Court Team™ approach in many roles. She previously led the work as a Statewide Training and Outreach Coordinator and Quality Improvement Center for Infant Toddler Court Teams Technical Assistance Specialist prior to becoming the Senior Technical Assistance Specialist in 2018. She currently serves the project as the Director of Practice and Field Operations.
Over the last 10 years with ZERO TO THREE, Ms. Allen has presented on the safety and well-being of infants and toddlers in child welfare on local and national levels. She has spoken regularly at state infant mental health and early childhood conferences, including: The National Birth To Three Institute; The Arkansas Early Care and Education Annual Conference; The Arkansas Home Visiting Network Annual Conference; The Arkansas and Oklahoma Children in the Law Annual Conferences; State CASA Conferences for Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Washington State; The Arizona Infant and Toddler Symposium and Arkansas Association for Infant Mental Health Conference ; The ZERO TO THREE: Scientific Meeting for the Board and Staff of ZERO TO THREE; The National Child Abuse and Neglect Conference; The ITCP Annual Cross Sites Meeting; The Maryland Divorce and Separation Roundtable; Arkansas Foster Parent Association Annual Meetings; The American Bar Association Annual Conference; Multiple years for the ZERO TO THREE: National Training Institute; Arizona’s First Thing First Annual Conference; San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment, Louisiana’s Together We Can Conference; The Virginia Crimes Against Children’s Conference and The Children’s Defense Fund Annual Conference.