Home/Our Work/ZERO TO THREE Fellowship/Leadership Connections/Leadership Connections: February 2024

Leadership Connections

News from the Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows
February 2024

Dear ZERO TO THREE Fellows,

2024 Academy of Fellows Retreat
Washington D.C. • Save the Date: April 30- May 2

The 2024 Academy of Fellows Retreat will focus on policy, advocacy, and practice/research collaboration. Attendees may have an opportunity to participate in the Strolling Thunder advocacy event, learn about policy initiatives from ZERO TO THREE leadership and guest speakers, take a deep dive into the Academy’s Policy, Advocacy and Research (PAR) Collaboration program, and attend the annual Scientific Meeting. Hybrid options will be available for certain events. Stay tuned for more details on the Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows Community Site.

Jump To:

    Fellows News

    Fellowship Spotlight

    Aimee Hilado (Academy Council Co-Chair) recently joined the ZTT Board of Directors. Her induction in December 2023 as a Board Member follows a long history of Fellows serving on the Board. 

    Learn more about the current Board Members who were also ZTT Fellows!

    Walter S. Gilliam
    (Cohort 2001-2003)

    Brenda Jones Harden Headshot

    Brenda Jones Harden
     Immediate Past President (Cohort 1991-1993)


    Abel Covarrubias

    Abel Covarrubias
    (Cohort 2014-2016)

    Mary Margaret Gleason Headshot

    Mary Margaret Gleason
    (Cohort 2007-2009)

    Jon Korfmacher Headshot

    Jon Korfmacher
    (Cohort 2001-2003)

    Barbara Thompson Headshot

    Barbara Thompson
    (Cohort 2003-2005)



    Introducing the Academy Council’s 2024 Policy, Advocacy and Research (PAR) Collaboration Award winners!

    Mary Claire Heffron Headshot

    Mary Claire Heffron (Lead)

    Sherry Heller Headshot

    Sherry Heller

    Monica Headshot ZTT

    Monica Mathur Kalluri


    We are excited to announce that Mary Claire Heffron and her collaborating fellows, Monica Mathur Kalluri and Sherry Heller have received a 2024 PAR Collaboration Award of $4,500 for their project entitled: Picturing Reflection.  

    Picturing Reflection is aimed at supporting those who are building reflective supervision and practice skills or helping others to do so. The project goal is to create short video clips from practitioners in settings such as early intervention, early care and education, home visiting, and infant and early childhood mental health. These samples will be made available to individuals working to expand their reflective practice skills and those offering support or training in reflective supervision. By doing this, the collaborating fellows hope to illustrate the diversity of those using reflective practice and the variety of programs working to infuse these practices into their settings.

    If you have any questions about the PAR Collaboration Awards, please email the Academy Council’s PAR Coordinators, Margaret McLaren at mjmclaren@gmail.com and Jennifer Harman at Jennifer.Harman@stjude.org.

    Fellows Community Site

    The Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows Community Site provides the opportunity for social and professional networking with Fellows from the multitude of classes from 1981 forward. If you have any questions on how to log on or have any technical issues, please contact Anne Howley (ahowley@zerotothree.org). 

    Call for Volunteers

    The Academy Council would LOVE to have more volunteers to help further advance our vision and mission, so PLEASE consider volunteering to be part of this amazing group!

    If you have questions, please contact the Academy Council Co-Chairs: Ann Chu (ann.chu@ucsf.edu) and Aimee Hilado (ahilado@uchicago.edu)

    ZERO TO THREE Highlights

    2024 – 2026 Fellowship Applications Now Open!

    We are thrilled to announce that we are accepting applications for
    the 2024-2026 Fellowship cohort. The application deadline is Wednesday,
    March 20, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EDT
    – and we encourage you to help spread the

    Do you know a champion for babies?

    Honoring Black Excellence in Early Childhood

    In celebration of Black History Month, we recognize and honor the impact of Black early childhood educators, authors and caregivers.

    Child Care Provider Reading Book to Toddler

    Black leaders in the early childhood field are on the front lines of racial justice. See how they are using their background and perspective to advance equity in early childhood.

    The Growing Brain Basics Webinar Series

    Virtual • March 13 -15, 2024

    Our newly designed virtual Training of Trainers combines live online events and self-study to support your journey towards becoming a ZERO TO THREE certified trainer of The Growing Brain curriculum.


    Support the Academy of Fellows

    Your contribution will help us promote collaborations and partnerships, sustain relationships, support the fellowship program and advance the early childhood field.