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A Message from ZERO TO THREE’s Executive Director, Matthew Melmed

Dear ZERO TO THREE Members,

I’m always impressed by how critical a role our Board Members play in advancing ZERO TO THREE’s mission while also being recognized in their fields for outstanding contributions. Dr. Andrew Meltzoff is an excellent example. Andy was recently named one of the 50 Most Influential Living Psychologists. A study he led with colleagues on infant touch was also published in January in a journal published by fellow Board Member Brian Napack’s company (Wiley) and is worth a read. I am also honored to share the stage with Andy and his eminent partner Pat Kuhl as the 2018 recipient of the Simms/Mann Institute Whole Child Award. We are fortunate and proud to have such distinguished people dedicated to our work. Please take a moment to learn more about each of the remarkable people who make up our Board of Directors on our website.

In addition to the contributions and achievements of our Board, below are highlights of recent activities and accomplishments of ZERO TO THREE:

  • We welcomed leading psychology expert Dr. Rahil Briggs as the new National Director for HealthySteps. To date, 120 pediatric and family medicine practices across the country have implemented HealthySteps and together serve more than 37,000 children from birth to 3 years old. With an additional investment, the program aims to reach more than 1 million children by 2032, focusing on those most at risk.
  • Through a contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, ZERO TO THREE staff developed a suite of parent resources and two videos (English/Spanish) for expectant parents regarding the risks of Zika virus. The videos are available on AAP’s YouTube channel.
  • Military Family Projects continues work on the creation of online/virtual training opportunities for the Department of Defense New Parent Support Home Visitors Program in partnership with University of California Los Angeles’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Launch of this new curriculum is planned for March 2018.
  • The full report and executive summary of the final evaluation of Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams (QIC-ICTC) are now available, along with a new policy brief on Adverse Child Experiences (ACEs) of very young children and their parents involved in infant-toddler court teams.
  • ZERO TO THREE was also in the media recently, highlighting topics such as the importance of early brain development and advocacy efforts to address the high cost of child care. Here is a small sample:

As always, thank you for being a part of ZERO TO THREE. We welcome your feedback, so please email our Member Services department to share your questions, concerns, or suggestions.

With Gratitude,

Matthew E. Melmed
Executive Director

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