Darneshia Bell, BS, is a Senior Regional Field Specialist for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE
Darneshia Bell began her career as the Arkansas Pilot Court Team Community Coordinator in 2009. Since then she has worked collaboratively with Judge Joyce Williams Warren and an ever-expanding team of community stakeholders to build a strong Safe Babies Court Team in Little Rock. In 2016, she became the Training & Outreach Coordinator helping new states to design and implement the Safe Babies Court Team Approach. In August 2017, Ms. Bell joined the Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams project (QIC-CT) as a Technical Assistance Specialist. Among her many accomplishments is the development of an innovative model of supporting family time for children in foster care and their parents called Guided Interaction for Family Time (GIFT). She is has spoken regularly at state infant mental health and early childhood conferences and in other states interested in learning more about GIFT and the Safe Babies Court Team Approach. She also speaks nationally on occasion including the ZERO TO THREE Annual Conference on a variety of subjects, the Children’s Defense Fund Annual Conference, First Things First Conference and the Birth to Three Annual Conference.
Ms. Bell brings a wide breadth of experience to her position. She majored in Early Childhood Education and Special Education at the University of Central Arkansas. The emphasis in Special Education allows her to look at each community she works with uniquely. She continues to serve as trainer for many states seeking support in the implementation of the Safe Babies Court Team™ Approach. She’s worked in child care settings serving preschoolers and school age children. Her experience working with school age children convinced her that bad attitudes about school were already well developed by second grade. She subsequently got the opportunity to develop a four-year-old program that focused on establishing an environment appropriate for the physical, social and emotional development of her students. For eleven years, she worked at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, helping parents address the financial costs of their child’s medical care prior to joining ZERO TO THREE.