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ZERO TO THREE Fellowship Program

Cultivating leaders in early childhood for
three decades and counting

The ZERO TO THREE Fellowship program is an intensive professional development program that brings together early childhood professionals from around the globe. For 32 years, our fellows have completed the program and taken what they’ve learned back into their fields to benefit infants and toddlers.

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    The Program

    More than just content

    While our fellowship program contains deep, meaningful content for leaders who work with children and their families, the program is designed to meet our fellows at the intersection of their personal beliefs and their professional roles– and help them grow from that place.

    An empowered global network of leaders making the world a better place for infants and toddlers

    The Work

    An intense 18-month program that changes lives

    The ZERO TO THREE fellowship program involves a written curriculum, six in-person gatherings, four intensive retreats, and individual coaching with the program director. Fellows are supported financially to attend the fellowship program, with permission from their employer. Fellows learn as much from each other as they do from the curriculum.

    The program covers a variety of topics, including:

    • Leadership development
    • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice
    • Infant and early childhood mental health
    • Advocacy and public policy work
    • How to develop strong program messaging
    • How to increase parent engagement in programming

    The Results

    Our fellows are making the world better for kids

    More than 300 fellows have completed our program since its inception and the effects of their personal and professional transformations reach across the globe. The early-to-mid-career fellows who complete this program work in settings with infants and toddlers in all aspects of public life.

    We have fellows in many settings, including:

    • Court rooms
    • Research laboratories
    • College classrooms
    • Community outreach programs

    We can’t overstate the impact our fellows are making in all the places that matter to families. From integrating the latest brain research into practical applications, to changing the way legal systems interact with the families that enter their doors, the experience of the ZERO TO THREE fellowship strengthens each and every qualified professional we have the privilege of accepting into our program. 

    Until the fellowship, I solely looked at social problems through the lens of a sociologist. Broadening the intellectual scope of my work to include the perspectives of a wide range of seasoned professionals helped me in profound ways. I enjoyed learning how other disciplines and sectors went about addressing the vexing social problems that wreak havoc in the lives of young children. -Clinton Boyd Jr.

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    Program Strong

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