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What’s New and Noteworthy at ZERO TO THREE

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

Dear Members,

March was a month full of emotion for all of us at ZERO TO THREE. While we continue to mourn our founder, friend, and colleague, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, we also reflect on the many happy hours we spent in his company and take pride in his countless accomplishments.

I think Berry would have appreciated the new definition of positive parenting released by our Parenting Resources team last month. We have put a stake in the ground, describing this set of parental behaviors that foster a child’s capacity to love, trust, explore, and learn. This definition was developed in partnership with a workgroup that included Board Members Alicia Lieberman, PhD, Lisa Mennet, PhD, and Ann Pleshette Murphy, with former Board Member Ron Lally, EdD, and Graduate Fellow Wanjiku F. M. Njoroge, MD. It’s a wonderful example of the outstanding work our collaboration can create.

I’m also pretty sure that Berry would have smiled to see us dancing on tables to thank Oprah Winfrey for bringing awareness to the critical topic of treating childhood trauma. We have had strong social media engagement and support from partners, including video postings from Generations United, Child Care Aware, and others! Our work to continue this movement will carry on through April.

Below are highlights on many of our ZERO TO THREE projects:

  • Think Babies ToolkitTM This March, the Policy team released an updated Think BabiesTM toolkit, providing advocates and partners with easy-to-use resources to spread the word about the campaign. Tools include social media messaging, sample op-eds and letters to the editor, talking points, and tips for engaging elected officials.
  • New Resources From the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (DTL) DTL posted 12 unique new or revised resources on the Office of Head Start’s website, the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center. Two examples of new DTL resources include Screening Dual Language Learners in Early Head Start and Head Start: A Guide for Program Leaders, a guide to support programs through the screening and assessment process with children who are dual-language learners; and a resource brief on Using Scope and Sequence to Plan Responsive Learning Experiences for Infants and Toddlers.
  • A Training Opportunity From the Professional Development and Workforce Innovations Department The PDWI team is hosting the first The Growing Brain Training-of-Trainers in Washington, D.C., on June 5–6. ZERO TO THREE faculty will facilitate this interactive time of exploration and practical application for 30 participants pursuing ZERO TO THREE trainer certifications. This innovative training curriculum and Training of Trainers provides evidenced-informed strategies to prepare early childhood professionals for their vital role supporting healthy brain development in children from birth to 5 years old.

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