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Maternal and Child Health Live Virtual Event Series

NEW: ZERO TO THREE presents a monthly free-to-members Maternal and Child Health Live Virtual Event Series!

For 40 years, ZERO TO THREE has worked to ensure that babies and toddlers, even in the prenatal period, benefit from the early connections critical to their well-being and development. We support a wide range of evidence-based maternal and child health initiatives reaching the millions of parents, professionals, and policymakers who are leading the way in child development.

This Member Exclusive series, presented by ZERO TO THREE staff, as well as maternal and child health experts, is designed for direct service practitioners, educators, policymakers, and others interested in learning more about important information from the field, including postpartum support, infant language development, early infant feeding practices, and more!

The first session was free and open to non-members, but remaining sessions are free for members only. Find out more about ZERO TO THREE membership at

Series Sessions


  • Session 1 - Before the “ZERO”: ZERO TO THREE’s Work in Maternal & Child Health
    Presented by ZERO TO THREE Senior Staff

Overview: Improving the health of women and children is an essential building block for creating early connections that last a lifetime. Yet, in the United States there are significant health disparities and outcomes related to prenatal care, maternal and child health access, and outcomes.

This webinar described ZERO TO THREE’s activities related to maternal and child health. Participants learned from ZERO TO THREE senior staff about key organizational priorities and program efforts that promote maternal and child health nationwide.


  • Session 2 - Navigating New Motherhood: Improving Postpartum Health and Wellness
    Presented by Sarah Verbiest, Executive Director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Center for Maternal and Infant Health, and Clinical Associate Professor at the UNC School of Social Work

Overview: This presentation described the importance of the “Fourth Trimester” (the 3 months following a birth) and the overlooked opportunities for health promotion and disease prevention. Dr. Verbiest highlighted links between maternal health and well-being and infant development / family function. She shared emerging issues and strategies for improving postpartum care and creating space for discussion about how service providers who traditionally only focus on young children can better support their mothers as well.


  • Session 3 - Bilingualism in Infancy and Toddlerhood: Behaviors, Strengths, and Pathways
    Presented by Ryan W. Pontier, Ph.D., bilingual consultant, teacher educator, researcher, coach, trainer, keynote speaker, and advocate for bilingualism and bilingual education

Overview: This presentation focused on bilingualism in infancy and toddlerhood providing a broad understanding of what bilingualism is and various ways to support young children’s bilingual development. Participants learned to analyze children’s speech, identify and explain the benefits of raising bilingual children, and recognized different traditional pathways to raising bilingual children. This event was intended for a wide audience, including, but not limited to, early childhood education practitioners and supervisors, mental health professionals, early learning administrators, and community leaders.


Overview: This presentation will present a framework of the “why, what, and how” of preconception healthcare. Dr. Frayne will provide foundational information about why preconception care is critical to improving birth outcomes, its comprehensive components, and current strategies of capturing the key element of pregnancy intention and risk reduction through opportunities at every encounter.


  • Session 5 - Early Infant Feeding Practices


  • Session 6 - Fatherhood Engagement


  • Session 7 - Early Infant Mental Health
  • Session 8 - Childhood Immunization


  • Session 9 - Newborn Screening

About ZERO TO THREE Virtual Events

FREE for ZERO TO THREE members, our virtual events are developed and presented by our expert staff and affiliates. After each event, non-member registrants will receive a link to a recording that will be available for 30 days. ZERO TO THREE members may view recordings of all of our previous virtual events, free of charge.

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Earn CEUs

Participants in Virtual Events may be eligible for Continuing Education Units. The $25 CEU processing fee is payable during registration. Find out more about CEUs.
ZERO TO THREE Members receive 20% off CEU fees.