An Interview With Ross Thompson, ZERO TO THREE Board President
In this new section of Crib Notes, we invite a ZERO TO THREE Board Member to share perspectives and reflections with members. In this issue, Board President Ross Thompson responds to our questions.
What is happening at ZERO TO THREE right now that you are most excited about?
Three things. First, ZERO TO THREE recently received $39 million from Blue Meridian Partners to begin a multiyear effort to expand HealthySteps nationally. HealthySteps is an evidence-based program to transform pediatric practice to incorporate developmental screenings and guidance to parents that will strengthen the health and well-being of young children, especially those in low-income families. We are excited about what HealthySteps can accomplish on a national level and the opportunities it provides ZERO TO THREE to work with the pediatric community.
Second, we will launch our second Strolling Thunder event next month in Washington, DC, in which ZERO TO THREE Board members and staff will accompany families from Congressional districts on visits to House and Senate offices to discuss with our representatives the importance of the early years. In addition, we’re bringing our “Think Babies” campaign to the states as well, and we’re excited about the opportunities to inform legislators at the state and local levels about the need to consider first the impact of programs and policies on our youngest citizens.