Professional Resource

Power to the Profession Task Force

Mar 9, 2020

ZERO TO THREE is proud to join the movement to advance a unified, diverse, equitable, and effective early childhood education profession.

After three years of working together, The Power to the Profession Task Force released its final report, the Unifying Framework for the Early Childhood Education Profession on March 9, 2020.

Over the course of this work, ZERO TO THREE and its Members have been a critical part of the unprecedented consensus by educators across states and settings, administrators, employers, and higher education. As a complement to this groundbreaking framework, we offer the following resources and tools for professionals serving babies and toddlers.

ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators™

The ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators™ provide concise, clear guidance on essential knowledge and skills. They complement related professional criteria, tools, and child development benchmarks.

The Critical Competencies:

  • Describe the recommended teaching methods and practices with easily understood guidance and examples
  • Feature considerations for working with high-needs populations and multi-language learners
  • Support educators who work in group settings (center-based and family child care homes) with infants, toddlers, or both
  • Build on professional criteria for the early childhood field

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Explore, enroll, learn, record. The ZERO TO THREE Learning Center supports your ongoing professional development. Designed with you in mind, the Learning Center offers the convenience of a mobile-friendly system that gives you the power of professional development in the palm of your hand.

Whether you choose to learn on your own, with your team, or with your peers across early childhood professions, ZERO TO THREE will take you to the next level. Each year, our multi-disciplinary, research-driven programs reach more than 25,000 professionals worldwide.

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Critical Connections Parent Leaflets

Consisting of thirteen leaflets each grounded in ZERO TO THREE’s Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators™, Critical Connections Parent Leaflets are designed to be used as a parent engagement tool by infant-toddler educators and other professionals.

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Perspectives on Power to the Profession

Intentional action and self-awareness underpin efforts to make the world a better place for young children and families.

Featured in the ZERO TO THREE Journal, Sarah LeMoine, MS, offers her Perspective on the Power to the Profession Task Force. As she explains, “These professionals are all a team, but the stakes now seem higher than ever, with child poverty, health care, domestic violence, and immigration issues all pressuring human and social services. Those most at risk: the youngest children, as ever, and those professionals who serve them.”

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    Sarah LeMoine

    Senior Director, Professional Development and Workforce Innovations