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News from the Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows
May 2024

Dear ZERO TO THREE Fellows,

Long Beach Convention Center • July 31-August 1

ZERO TO THREE Conference Registration Open

Registration for the 2024 ZERO TO THREE LEARN Conference is OPEN. Check out the schedule of amazing speakers, activities, and registration information.

Scholarships Available

Three Kathryn Barnard scholarships are available to support Fellows in attending the July Conference. Each scholarship will provide up to $1500 toward travel and registration costs.

Academy Meetings at the Conference

The Academy Council will host in-person events at the conference for Fellows to reconnect. We are planning a reception for the evening before the conference begins if Academy Fellows will be in town. The newest cohort of Fellows will be starting their journey at the conference. Come early to the conference and meet them at the reception!

Please let us know if you plan to attend, if you want to be considered for the Kathryn Barnard Scholarship and/or if you are presenting at the conference using this link.

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    2024 Academy Giving Back, Going Forward Campaign: Testimonials Needed

    In the coming months, we will be launching our annual Academy Giving Back, Going Forward Campaign to support activities and events that connect the Academy of Fellows. To support our efforts, we are collecting testimonials from the Academy to tell the story of the ZTT Fellowship and why it matters.

    Please use our survey to share your testimonial. Questions? Contact the Academy Co-Chairs: Aimee Hilado and Ann Chu.

    Aimee Hilado
    Academy Co-Chair

    Ann Chu
     Academy Co-Chair


    The Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows Retreat: May 1-2, 2024

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    We loved seeing all of the Academy Fellows who were able to make it to Washington, D.C. earlier this month for the Fellows retreat! Thank you for making the time and journey to reconnect and to celebrate the graduation of the 2022 – 2024 Fellowship Class. We look forward to seeing more Academy Fellows in future retreats and events.

    Policy, Advocacy, and Research Collaboration (PARC) Award

    HEADS UP:  The 2005 Policy, Advocacy, and Research Collaboration (PARC) Awards Call for Applications is coming soon. Be sure to check your emails in June.

    Fellows will be able to apply for an award up to a maximum of $5000.

    The purpose of the award is to promote collaboration among Fellows in initiatives that apply or advance policy, advocacy, or research to enhance the wellbeing of young children and their families. Although small, these collaboration awards allow for the growing, and exchanging of ideas among Fellows and for the sustaining of their connections and potential to seed system change.

    Since a prerequisite for the PARC Award is collaboration between at least two Fellows (who must have completed their fellowship by January 1, 2025), it is not too early to start to explore the possibility of finding collaborating Fellows if you are interested in applying.  All applications are accepted but priority is given to new applicants or projects, and those that address topics of critical concern as they affect young children and their families (to be listed in the Call for Applications, coming in June).  International Fellows are encouraged to apply.

    At our retreat, there was a lot of interest in the PARC Award, especially among the graduating class, and we look forward to a bumper year of applications. Thanks to all those at the retreat who shared ideas on the value of the award and to those who were willing to volunteer as reviewers. We also appreciated the many helpful comments and suggestions from the Fellows who attended.

    IECMH Workforce Development: a 2023 PARCA Project Featured at the Retreat

    Alison Peak (2020-22), the Executive Director of Allied Behavioral Health Solutions, Shannon Bekman (2020-22), the Director at Right Start for Colorado WellPower, and Jennifer Mitchell (2020-22), the Vice President of Clinical Strategy and Innovation at The Children’s Center Utah have each devoted a portion of their careers to projects focused on professional and system relationship building in service to babies, young children, and their families. Yet, the work of each of these Fellows was largely unknown by the others prior to their participation in the ZERO TO THREE Fellowship. Then, these three dynamic leaders came together to apply for a Policy, Advocacy, and Research Collaboration Award (2022-2023 funding cycle). They used funds awarded to them to help potentiate the impact of each of their home states’ efforts to address the infant and early childhood workforce crisis. Consistent with the context of ZERO TO THREE Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Workforce Solutions Pathways model, and informed by their collaborative efforts, they constructed possible pathways for workforce development to address workforce needs for their respective states.  

    The PARC Award also allowed for the three to document the importance of workforce development in each state as state-focused IECMH services often result in increased workforce capacity in other states through our ever-globalizing world. They made excellent progress and have accomplished an incredible amount. Although they already knew this when they embarked on their collaboration, their efforts further underscored the importance of relationships! Their work highlights that “no-cost training is often insufficient to garner interest from organizational leadership. Providers are often expected to maintain their productivity rates and complete intensive, long-term training—or, agencies want to be reimbursed for lost clinical time.” They emphasize that the need cannot be addressed simply by one training or reflective experience in isolation. The work must be ongoing, and it cannot and should not be done in isolation.

    2023 PARC Awardees Shannon Bekman and Alison Peak present at the Academy of Fellows Retreat

    Retrieving Our Roots: A 2023 PARCA Project to be Featured at the ZERO TO THREE LEARN Conference

    Have you ever wondered what it would look like if our infant and early childhood mental health field truly included non-dominant, BIPOC histories in case conceptualizations, theory, and practice?

    Consider this and much more at one of the July LEARN Conference sessions: LS-F5: Retrieving Our Roots—Sankofa and the Infant Mental Health History Project. This presentation highlights work from a previous PARC Award project–work that will continue on and certainly change our field for the better. Come hear about the ongoing work of the Sankofa IMH History Project, reflect on these rich and challenging legacies, and contribute to this collective process.

    Presenters: Natasha Pérez Byars (2018-20), MS, MSW, LICSW & Eva Marie Shivers (2005), JD, PhD, Indigo Cultural Center; and Nucha Isarowong (2012-13), PhD LICSW IMH-E®, Barnard Center for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, University of Washington School of Nursing.

    Natasha Pérez Byars,


    Eva Marie Shrivers, 
    JD, PhD


    Nucha Isarowong,



    Fellows Community Platform

    The Academy of 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 is looking to fill the position of Treasurer to help with oversight of the Academy’s finances and funding campaigns. Please consider volunteering to be part of this amazing group and continue strengthening the Council’s leadership team!

    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

    How does your cultural identity affect your approach to infant and early childhood infant mental health?

    Three leaders in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health discuss their Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander cultural identity and how it informs their work: Haruko Watanabe, MA, LMHC, IMH-E®, Nucha Isarowong, PhD, LCSW (2012-13), and Aditi Subramaniam LMHC, R-DMT, IECMH-E®  (2022-24).

    Just Announced: DC:0—5 Clinical Training at the LEARN Conference

    Long BEach Convention Center • July 30, 2024

    Price: $549 | Member Price: $524

    Set the stage for your professional leap by joining us for an exclusive, in-person DC:0—5™: Clinical Training before the ZERO TO THREE LEARN Conference begins.


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