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ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators™

Build Essential Knowledge

Infant-toddler educators have one of the most important jobs in the world, but they often lack the practical resources to support them.

The ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators™ suite of early childhood professional development products and services helps educators build the essential knowledge and skills they need, in flexible and user-friendly formats.

Our competency model defines the specific knowledge and practices required for infant-toddler educators to be successful now, to support the future of our children.


The Critical Competencies:

  • Focus on infant-toddler pedagogy — the method and practice of teaching
  • Explore the unique needs of multilingual, multicultural families and children from populations facing risk factors
  • Describe the recommended teaching methods and practices with easily understood guidance and examples
  • Feature considerations for working with high-needs populations and multi-language learners
  • Support educators who work in group settings (center-based and family child care homes) with infants, toddlers, or both
  • Build on professional criteria for the early childhood field (e.g., NAEYC, CDA, and more), are cross-walked with state core knowledge and competency areas, and align with observation tools (e.g., ITERS and CLASS), and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework

Competency Model

The Critical Competencies address three essential learning and development areas, depicted in the graphic below.  Download a free copy of the competency model eBook here.

Suite of Products and Services

ZERO TO THREE offers a comprehensive menu of Critical Competencies learning options and services for individuals and through group contracts:

  • Critical Competencies Webinar Series
  • Critical Competencies Online Learning Course and Micro-Courses
  • Critical Competencies Intentional Teaching Series
  • Training of Community of Practice Facilitators
  • Critical Competencies Coaching Program
  • Critical Competencies Training-of-Trainers (ToT)
  • Critical Competencies Course Curriculum e-Resources
  • Technical Assistance

Contact us to learn more about the Critical Competencies offerings and for customized packages that meet your specific needs.

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