These online lessons are instrumental in ensuring early childhood professionals have the core knowledge required to work effectively with parents of very young children.
Knowledge and Know-How: Nurturing Child Well Being online lessons were grown from grant provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to develop 8 online lessons called Sharing the Care: Partnering to Promote Well-Being.
It is challenging to find professionals with the core knowledge required to work effectively with parents of very young children, and to collaborate effectively in order to meet their complex needs. The content developed in the Sharing the Care online lessons helped fill this knowledge gap. Through a shared understanding of the needs of very young children and their families, and shared knowledge essential to effective responses to these needs, this project enhanced cross-disciplinary efforts to build family strengths and promote optimal child well-being.
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- “Members appreciated the breadth of the lessons to provide a solid foundation of information on all topic areas.”
– Project Director, Tompkins County, NY
- “The project provided an opportunity to focus on early childhood and look at ways to promote well-being before social-emotional/mental health concerns develop.”
– Project Director, Cabarrus County, NC
- “Knowledge and Know-How gave us an exciting opportunity to work with partners and collaborators we never knew existed. We now have the basis of a relationship to further this work.”
– Project Director, Hawaii Department of Health
Meet the Authors
Jodi Whiteman M.Ed.
Ms. Whiteman is the Director of the Center for Training Services and Special Projects for ZERO TO THREE. The Center for Training Services, launched in 2005, has to date provided training and other professional development activities to over 4,800 multi-disciplinary professionals who work with infants, toddlers and their families. In this position Ms. Whiteman serves as the project director for many grant funded projects as well as private contracts housed in the Center for Training Services. Jodi has a wealth of experience providing training and technical assistance on a variety of early childhood topics, including child abuse prevention, across the country. Jodi is a graduate of George Mason University’s UTEEM program. UTEEM focuses on preparing teachers to work with culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse children and families. She has worked as a bi-lingual speech/language therapist assistant, an early intervention specialist and a certified educator of infant massage. She is an experienced adult educator, writer, and trainer and has taught graduate-level University courses as well as provided numerous professional development workshops for early childhood and early intervention professionals.
Nikki Darling-Kuria, M.A.
Nikki Darling-Kuria is a Senior Writer/Training Specialist with ZERO TO THREE, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. Ms. Darling-Kuria provides professional development to multi-disciplinary professionals via in person training, distance training through webinars and online learning as well as presents at local, state and national conferences on various topics. Prior to joining ZERO TO THREE, Ms. Darling-Kuria served as a nationally accredited family child care in Maryland and West Virginia for 16 years. Ms. Darling-Kuria’s first book, Brain-based Early Learning Activities: Connecting Theory and Practice was published by Redleaf Press, 2010 and she has published numerous articles including those appearing in journals such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Young Children and ZERO TO THREE.
Aidan Bohlander, LICSW, PhD Candidate
Ms. Bohlander is a Senior Writer/Training Specialist for the Center for Training Services for ZERO TO THREE. As part of the Center for Training Services Ms. Bohlander creates and delivers multi-disciplinary professional development opportunities for individuals who work with infants and toddlers nationwide. Ms. Bohlander is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work with a concentration in Interpersonal Practice with Children, Youth , and Families. She is currently a doctoral candidate in social work at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where she is concentrating on relational aspects affecting infant mental health. Aidan enjoys teaching and facilitating discussions and has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Aidan’s clinical experience includes working with mother-infant dyads that are experiencing stress due to homelessness, hospitalization, or participation in the child welfare system.
Nancy L. Seibel, M.Ed., NCC, BCC
Ms. Seibel is the principal, founder and owner of Keys to Change, LLC, a life coaching and early childhood consulting practice. During her 14 years with ZERO TO THREE (Washington, DC) she deepened her expertise in infant mental health and relationship-based and reflective practice. She directed professional development projects developed for those serving infants, toddlers, and their families. Her prior professional experiences included serving on the management team at Family Resources in Pittsburgh PA, where she directed the agency’s Prevention Services. Ms. Seibel is a nationally recognized presenter, trainer, and author. She is an effective, results-oriented meeting facilitator and a reflective and relationship-based supervisor and coach.
Karen Molinario, Early Childhood Consultant
JP Leong, Instructional Design Consultant
Dan Silk, Web Development Consultant
Eric Vaughn, ZERO TO THREE, Digital Marketing Manager, Development & Communications
To explore how Knowledge and Know-How lessons can work for your program/community/state, please contact Nikki Darling-Kuria at [email protected].