Our Work

ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the family and community connections critical to their well-being and development. Healthy connections help build babies’ brains.

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Neuroscientists have documented that the earliest days, weeks and months of life are a period of unparalleled growth when trillions of brain cell connections are made. Research and clinical experience demonstrate that the earliest relationships and experiences a child has with parents and other caregivers dramatically influences brain development, social-emotional and cognitive skills, and future health and success in school and life.

Since 1977, ZERO TO THREE has advanced the proven power of nurturing relationships by transforming the science of early childhood into helpful resources, practical tools and responsive policies for millions of parents, professionals and policymakers.

ZERO TO THREE plays a key role in ensuring that babies and toddlers get a strong start in life by supporting:

  • parents with practical resources that help them connect more positively, deeply and continuously with their babies
  • professionals with knowledge and tools that help them support healthy early development
  • policymakers in advancing comprehensive and coherent policies which support and strengthen families, caregivers and infant toddler professionals

At ZERO TO THREE, we are here to help you. As you explore our website, you will find the resources you need to build healthy relationships with infants and toddlers, grow your skills as a professional and become an advocate for change. We hope you will also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Western Office

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 for our work in California 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.