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FAQs—ZERO TO THREE Certified Trainer: The Growing Brain

Find out all you need to know to become a ZERO TO THREE Certified Trainer: The Growing Brain.

General Information

1. What is the full title of The Growing Brain curriculum?

2. Can you tell me more about the benefits and structure of the curriculum?

3. How is ZERO TO THREE’s training different from other professional development resources focused on early brain development?

4. Which states have adopted the Growing Brain curriculum?

5. How much does it cost for me to attend the Training of Trainers?

Trainer Criteria

6. Do I meet the criteria to become a ZERO TO THREE Certified Trainer?

7. Can you provide more detail about the requirement that certified trainers in The Growing Brain have three years of adult educator experience?

Training Application/Renewal

8. When I renew my ZERO TO THREE Growing Brain trainer certification, does it include another year of ZERO TO THREE membership?

9. Do we have to submit an evaluation for each participant?

10. To verify a training, do we turn in a sign-in sheet and to whom do we send it to?

Training Delivery

11. Once I am certified, how long does it take to deliver the training? In other words, how many hours must learners commit to?

12. Are there any additional costs associated with this training?

13. How can I purchase the Participant Manual?

14. If I purchase multiple copies of the Participant Manual, do I need to print each one from the purchased link?

15. If I combine modules or select portions of a module to add to a training, do I have to order participant manuals per person?

16. I understand we need to provide nine hours of training. Is this for the first years only?

17. Can two provisional trainers do the training together and each receive credit for training?

18. Does this training cover anything on how the brain structure is changed in young children who are exposed to parents with drug addictions/opioids?

19. If I have a scheduling conflict or need to leave early, am I able to make up my absence from the Training of Trainers and still become certified?

20. May I share the PowerPoints with my colleagues? If so, may I share the electronic version of just paper slides? And what about the trainer manual?

21. Can you provide some written language authorizing my use of The Growing Brain materials as part of a virtual learning experience (e.g., a webinar)?

22. May we put the ZERO TO THREE logo on participants’ certificates of completion for the Growing Brain course we deliver?

Trainer Support

23. How do I get additional support about the ZERO TO THREE Learning Center?

 

1. What is the full title of The Growing Brain curriculum?

The Growing Brain: From Birth to 5 Years Old: A Curriculum for Early Childhood Providers.

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2. Can you tell me more about the benefits and structure of the curriculum?

This innovative training curriculum gives trainers evidence-informed strategies to prepare early childhood professionals for their vital role in building healthy brains. The curriculum fills a unique niche by providing a comprehensive understanding of how the brain develops, along with ways professionals can encourage ongoing healthy brain development in children from birth to 5 years old. Here is a 10-page preview of The Growing Brain curriculum.

The curriculum supports early childhood professionals by:

  • Building their knowledge of brain development (architecture and neurobiology) to inform their practice;
  • Supporting language, cognition, prosocial behavior, and social-emotional development;
  • Reducing toxic stress that can negatively influence brain development of very young children.

The Growing Brain curriculum is comprised of seven 3-hour units:

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

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3. How is ZERO TO THREE’s training different from other professional development resources focused on early brain development?

Crucially, The Growing Brain curriculum can be adapted to suit the professional development needs of the audience you serve. This is part of its unique value: we provide you with flexible educational tools allowing you to modify how you deliver the professional development experience.

An example of this added value—and an evidence-based support for professionals in the field—is how The Growing Brain curriculum aligns with ZERO TO THREE’s Core Competencies for Prenatal to Age Five Field:

  • Domain #1: Early Childhood Development
  • Domain #2: Family-Centered Practice
  • Domain #3: Relationship-Based Practice
  • Domain #4: Health and Developmental Protective and Risk Factors
  • Domain #5: Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness

Additionally, The Growing Brain curriculum was collaboratively created by researchers and practitioners as a way of bridging the gap between research and practice. This ensures that participants have the latest in evidence-based research as well as clear guidance on how to implement the resources in their early childhood work. At the heart of each unit is a focus on the child growing healthily under the positive influence of primary caregivers.

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4. Which states have adopted the Growing Brain curriculum?

The Growing Brain curriculum is implemented by certified trainers in various agencies in each of the following states: California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming. We are currently expanding The Growing Brain curriculum nationwide with the regional training of trainers we conduct. We also have international interest in the curriculum: we anticipate certifying trainers from around the world in the near future.

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5. How much does it cost for me to attend the Training of Trainers?

Our costs per individual registration to The Growing Brain are $549.00 per person. This package includes an electronic copy of the curriculum, a hard copy in a binder distributed at the event itself, and provisional trainer certification fees, plus a ZERO TO THREE digital membership for one year. Should trainers choose to pursue ZERO TO THREE Full Certification for The Growing Brain curriculum, there is an individual fee of $90 per year. Fully certified trainers join a cadre of colleagues with a network of supports, including virtual consultation sessions with ZERO TO THREE Expert Faculty and a ZERO TO THREE Member Connect board only for certified trainers in The Growing Brain.

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6. Do I meet the criteria to become a ZERO TO THREE Certified Trainer?

The documentation required for ZERO TO THREE Trainer Certification varies based on the type and level of certification you are seeking. You are encouraged to download the Trainer Certification Overview: The Growing Brain at www.zerotothree.org/trainercertification. This step helps to confirm that you meet the certification criteria and are ready to provide appropriate documentation. If you have additional questions regarding trainer certification, contact trainercertification@zerotothree.org.

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7. Can you provide more detail about the requirement that certified trainers in The Growing Brain have three years of adult educator experience?

If an applicant is an approved early childhood trainer or adult educator in a state or country professional development system, evidence of that will meet this requirement. Others may provide a resume which includes experience as an adult educator.

An adult educator utilizes adult learning knowledge and skills with a goal of deepening subject understanding and improving practice and behaviors among individuals 18 years and older. Examples of eligible experiences may include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching community education, community college or university courses
  • On-going staff development following an established structure or plan
  • Early childhood home visiting using an established model
  • Coaching or consulting with early childhood professionals around enhancing individual best practices
  • Mentor educator role supporting student teachers
  • Technical assistance

NOTE: On a resume, please note start and end dates of employment or volunteer positions which demonstrate adult education was a role or responsibility. Such positions should add up to at least three years of experience.

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8. When I renew my ZERO TO THREE Growing Brain trainer certification, does it include another year of ZERO TO THREE membership?

While we include the ZERO TO THREE membership in your first year of provisional certification (it’s built into the cost of the initial TOT training) we do not include the membership in the renewal years. However, it really is in your best interest to maintain both your certification and the ZERO TO THREE membership as you are entitled to discounts on products and services like The Growing Brain participant guides sold in the bookstore. Also, without your ZERO TO THREE membership you would no longer be able to participate in Member Connect discussions.

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9. Do we have to submit an evaluation for each participant?

You do not need to submit any kind of individual forms from participants. Rather you would submit (for example) a summary of their evaluation responses along with a personal reflection on how the training experience went.

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10. To verify a training, do we turn in a sign-in sheet and to whom do we send it to?

No need to submit sign-in sheets. To verify training, you need an agenda of the event (with date and number of hours of delivery shown) as well as EITHER a letter of recommendation from an observer of the training, a summary of the training evaluations or video clips.

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11. Once I am certified, how long does it take to deliver the training? In other words, how many hours must learners commit to?

There are seven 3-hour units in The Growing Brain curriculum. The entire course is 21 hours in length. While The Growing Brain units were intentionally designed to build on each other, certified trainers are permitted to deliver each unit separately from the others as standalone units. Certified trainers are further permitted to embed activities or components of The Growing Brain curriculum into their delivery of other professional development experiences. Trainers need to deliver 9 hours of training and submit evidence of that for certification.

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12. Are there any additional costs associated with this training?

Components of The Growing Brain curriculum may be used in your trainings without additional costs, so long as the material used is less than a single unit. For example, so long as credit is extended to ZERO TO THREE, content less than a full unit (such as a video, image, or text extract) may be used to support your trainings.

However, should you provide a full unit for your trainings, we require that the corresponding The Growing Brain participant manual unit is purchased for your learners. Using one full unit or more in your trainings makes the participant manual unit a required course material for the benefit of an effective training session.

We are proud of the participant manual as a way of enhancing participants’ understanding of The Growing Brain as an interactive curriculum: it is a fully designed and functional workbook for learners to explore and exchange ideas. They can be purchased as full manuals encompassing all seven units of the curriculum, or are available by individual unit. The manuals can be purchased individually, or as a group purchase. Your learners can make the purchases or you can on their behalf. Each full manual costs $10 per person and covers all curriculum units, while individual units are available for $1.50.

The participant manual is available from the ZERO TO THREE bookstore as a digital download. This download is essentially a single-use license for either you or your learners to print—in order to make best use of the workbook features.

Please see below for information on discounts.

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13. How can I purchase the Participant Manual?

Purchases can be made at the ZERO TO THREE Online Bookstore. Certified trainers who are ZERO TO THREE members will receive a 20% member discount. If the membership discount doesn’t apply, certified trainers may still receive a 10% discount for bulk orders over 10.

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14. If I purchase multiple copies of the Participant Manual, do I need to print each one from the purchased link?

It is okay to print/copy from one link as long as each copy printed has a corresponding purchase. The purchase of The Growing Brain Participant Manual acts as a digital download license. The purchase grants permission to print the manual 1x. You may print multiple copies of the manual from one link as long as the total number of copies equal the number of purchases of the manual.

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15. If I combine modules or select portions of a module to add to a training, do I have to order participant manuals per person?

You are required to order participant manuals for each person only if you are delivering the full unit. So, you aren’t required to use them if delivering portions of a unit.

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16. I understand we need to provide nine hours of training. Is this for the first years only?

The Growing Brain certification is renewal annually. So, it’s nine hours per year.

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17. Can two provisional trainers do the training together and each receive credit for training?

For now, the answer is yes. We have discussed changing that in the future, but if we do it would be in effect going forward. For now, both trainers can receive credit.

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18. Does this training cover anything on how the brain structure is changed in young children who are exposed to parents with drug addictions/opioids?

While the topic is raised in the second unit of the curriculum, it is not covered in-depth.

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19. If I have a scheduling conflict or need to leave early, am I able to make up my absence from the Training of Trainers and still become certified?

The Growing Brain: From Birth to 5 Years Old Training of Trainers is a two-day session. ZERO TO THREE cannot accept any exceptions to the required attendance criteria for provisional certification in this curriculum.

Procedure for absences:

  • Registered participants in a Growing Brain Training of Trainers who will miss a session are asked to notify the ZERO TO THREE lead faculty and, as appropriate, their state/local lead for the Training of Trainers prior to the session.
  • The ZERO TO THREE lead faculty can provide information on other forthcoming opportunities for attending this Training of Trainers and pursuing ZERO TO THREE trainer certification for The Growing Brain curriculum.

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20. May I share the PowerPoints with my colleagues? If so, may I share the electronic version of just paper slides? And what about the trainer manual?

Yes, you may share any course materials for educational purposes with your colleagues. We simply ask that you maintain the integrity of the materials, and do not represent them in any negatively adapted form—for example in use with associated materials not developed by ZERO TO THREE which may change the message, value, or intentions of the materials. We all work in a shared enterprise of improving the lives of babies and toddlers: for this outcome, we are pleased to have you as partners in the wider, careful use of our work!

Our resources, including this curriculum, are available in both print and electronic formats. Certified trainers should exercise their professional judgment and reference the ZERO TO THREE Trainer Agreement to guide decisions about when and how to share information regarding The Growing Brain curriculum. Only provisional and fully certified trainers are licensed to use, copy and share the curriculum and its resources for the explicit purpose of delivering professional development experiences. Inquiries regarding the copyrighting of this curriculum and resources can be directed to https://www.zerotothree.org/permissions.

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21. Can you provide some written language authorizing my use of The Growing Brain materials as part of a virtual learning experience (e.g., a webinar)?

If you are sharing The Growing Brain materials as part of a virtual experience to a group of identifiable people, you may use this language to ensure authorization for use:

You have ZERO TO THREE’s permission to post The Growing Brain slides and handouts to insertyourwebaddresshere.com for use to support webinar trainings with The Growing Brain Curriculum. Use of the Slides and Handouts shall incorporate the necessary attribution information to ZERO TO THREE and always bear the following Copyright notice: “© ZERO TO THREE 2020.”

To clarify, if any of The Growing Brain materials will be posted on a public website, and are therefore accessible to anyone who might find them there, then you will need to direct inquiries about copyright to https://www.zerotothree.org/permissions.

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22. May we put the ZERO TO THREE logo on participants’ certificates of completion for the Growing Brain course we deliver?

Since the ZERO TO THREE logo is copyrighted and licensed, you do need specific permission to incorporate it into your organizational documents. Please visit https://www.zerotothree.org/permissions to learn more about our policies and as appropriate contact Maria Spriggs mspriggs@zerotothree.org to request permission.

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23. How do I get additional support about the ZERO TO THREE Learning Center?

You can access technical support at lsupport@zerotothree.org or by calling the Learning Center information line at (202) 857-2616.

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