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ZERO TO THREE’s Competency-Based Professional Development Programs

ZERO TO THREE's competency-based professional development opportunities provide robust training and development for you and your staff.

ZERO TO THREE’s Cross-Sector Core Competencies define core knowledge, skills, and attitudes for all professionals across the early childhood sectors. They frame our professional development—from foundational content offered in person and online, to robust suites of customizable products and services.

The Cross-Sector Core Competencies

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Each individual ZERO TO THREE Core Competencies product line can be customized to fit your budget and the professional development needs of your staff.

Knowledge and Know-How: Nurturing Child Well-Being

Essential cross-sector content

  • Encourages family engagement
  • Provides basics of effective practice with all infants, toddlers, and families

8 online lessons:

  1. Creating Partnerships With Families
  2. Social-Emotional Development for Infants, Toddlers, and Parents
  3. Building a Healthy Brain
  4. Promoting Well-Being and Preventing Maltreatment of Very Young Children
  5. Culture and Caring for Young Children
  6. Understanding Temperament
  7. Responding to Challenges in Young Children’s Behavior
  8. Relationship-Based Practice Community of Practice supports also available

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The Growing Brain: From Birth to 5 Years Old

Neuroscience curriculum

  • Demystifies brain architecture and neurobiology, covering foundational knowledge to application
  • Explores how toxic stress influences early brain development

7 in-person lessons:

  1. Brain Basics
  2. Factors Affecting Brain Growth and Development
  3. Communication and Language Development
  4. Cognition and Executive Function
  5. Social-Emotional Development
  6. Understanding Behavior
  7. Everyday Play

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ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators™

Specialized competencies

  • Detail crucial interactions that support optimal social-emotional, cognitive, and language and literacy development
  • Highlight considerations for vulnerable populations and multi-language learners

Suite of products and services:

  • Competency Model and Ebook
  • Online Reflection Tool
  • In-Person and Online Professional Development Comprehensive Series & Modules (13)
  • Training-of-Trainers and ZERO TO THREE Trainer Certification
  • Community of Practice Facilitator Training
  • Faculty Institutes and Resources
  • Systems-Level Technical Assistance

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DC:0–5™: Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood

Vital diagnostic classification guide

  • Defines infant and early childhood mental health and developmental challenges, and relationships between them and psychosocial stressors
  • Guides evaluation and treatment planning with infants, young children, and their families

Variety of delivery options:

  • Comprehensive book in digital and print editions
  • Official 2-day, in-person training for those responsible for diagnosis
  • Online or in-person customized overview trainings or deep-dives into content
  • Faculty Training Resource covering six modules for coursework
  • Consultations
  • Community of Learning support

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Contact Professional Development at ZERO TO THREE to learn how we can support your long- and short-term professional development needs and goals.

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Our professional development opportunities are available in a variety of settings and formats. Contact us to find out how we can create a customized experience for you and your employees.

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