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Help Me Grow Resources

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Learn more about the systems and professional development resources ZERO TO THREE offers to support you and your communities.

ZERO TO THREE wants to support the critical work you do from a policies and systems perspective. This resource center was developed for the Help Me Grow National Center to outline some of the ways we can support Help Me Grow partners in your community efforts.


Critical Competencies


Book Cover Graphic and image with Zero to Three LogoThe ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators™ provide concise, clear guidance on essential knowledge and skills. They complement related professional criteria, tools, and child development benchmarks.Available for purchase individually or as a package, the ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators™ suite of products and services includes:

  • Critical Competencies Model eBook
  • Reflection Tool
  • Professional Development Modules
  • Technical Assistance
  • Professional Development Provider and Faculty Supports



Still Face Experiment Video


Screen shot of split screen video video infant on left woman on rightThis tool vividly demonstrates the importance of human connections in influencing brain connections. Consider using it to help others understand that experiences–both positive and negative–play a large role in how a child’s brain will develop.




State Technical Assistance Menu


Zero to Three Letterhead with illegible words in the documentThrough technical assistance to states, ZERO TO THREE staff support states in establishing coordinated, comprehensive services and policies focused on infants and toddlers or ensuring their inclusion in broader system-building efforts.Learn more about the technical assistance ZERO TO THREE provides, who can receive this support, and download the technical assistance menu.





Think Babies Campaign


Woman holding infant and Think Babies LogoZERO TO THREE designed the Think Babies™ campaign to promote enriching early experiences and a strong foundation for development from the start. When we think babies, we build a better future for us all.Learn more about the Think Babies™ campaign including tools to support your advocacy, information about Strolling Thunder, and how you can sign up to receive campaign updates.




DC:0–5™ Manual and Training

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DC:0-5 is an essential tool for counselors, doctors, nurses and many more evaluating and treating very young children and their families.

In 1994, ZERO TO THREE published its groundbreaking manual, DC:0–3 Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood. The first developmentally based system for diagnosing mental health and developmental disorders in infants and toddlers, this critically important guide quickly became an indispensable resource for mental health clinicians, counselors, physicians, early interventionists, educators, and researchers, and established ZERO TO THREE as a leading authority in the field of infant mental health.DC:0–5 and associated ZERO TO THREE DC:0–5 Training build on the powerful legacy of the DC:0-3 using the latest scientific findings and clinical research. ZERO TO THREE is the only official training provider for DC:0–5. The curricula have been designed to meet the needs and interests of multiple audiences through a variety of modalities consistent with the content and approach of DC:0-5.

Currently there are four main categories of DC:0-5 training offerings: Official DC:0-5 Training

  • DC:0-5 Seminars/Overview Trainings
  • DC:0-5 Faculty Teaching Resource
  • DC:0-5 Training of Trainers


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We need your support now more than ever to ensure all babies have access to the quality care, services and support they need to thrive.