Professional Resource

ZERO TO THREE's Emerging Leadership Awards

Recognizing emerging Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health leaders

ZERO TO THREE announces the recipients of the inaugural Emerging Leadership Awards. To read about the honorees, click here.

ZERO TO THREE focuses on the healthy development of young children, nurturing consistent relationships and promoting the social and emotional well-being of infants, young children, and their families. We hope to honor and support emerging leaders who are demonstrating significant contributions to the IECMH field.

Award Criteria

The IECMH Emerging Leadership Awards are open to any early- to mid- career professionals who have made significant contributions to the field of IECMH. Nominees must be involved in IECMH work no less than 5 years and no more than 15 years. Preference will be given to candidates demonstrating visionary, cutting-edge work to transform practices, policies, or systems at the community, state, or national level.

Three awards will be given out in the following areas:

  • Practice
    Improving the way IECMH supports and services to infants, young children and their families are delivered to better support health and relationships. Potential examples include developing or bringing to scale approaches or interventions, adapting or expanding access to IECMH services to meet the needs of historically underserved populations, or formulating best practice guidance. Practice may encompass an array of work including developmentally-appropriate approaches to prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Policy
    Making IECMH services more inclusive, equitable, accessible, better financed, or higher quality by influencing policy and creating systems-level change. Potential examples include integrating IECMH services into a community or statewide program, implementing a universal developmental screening process, revising Medicaid rules to improve financing of IECMH interventions, or advocating for legislation to create or fund IECMH programs.
  • Research
    Generating important empirical evidence and/or translational research focused on key IECMH issues, practices, and populations. Such studies should appear in peer reviewed journals and may demonstrate the efficacy of IECMH practices and interventions, explore the nature of mental health disorders in infancy/early childhood, examine cross cultural issues, or produce important knowledge of IECMH-related biological processes.

It is often difficult to distinguish among the three areas listed above. There may be substantial overlap across the nominee’s work in terms of practice, policy, and research. Please submit under the area that you think best fits the nominee’s work and impact.

In this context, IECMH is broadly defined and synonymous with social and emotional well-being. Promoting relationship-based work is at the crux of the nominees’ efforts.

Nomination Requirements

Please include the following with your nomination submission:

  1. Indicate if the nomination is for practice, policy, or research
  2. Indicate the year the individual began to focus on IECMH work
  3. A maximum 250-word description of how the individual has advanced the field of IECMH
  4. A maximum 500-word description of the nominee’s work
  5. The nominee’s resume or vita
  6. [OPTIONAL] One letter of recommendation from an individual who supports your nomination. Please include answers to the following:
    • How long have you known the candidate and in what capacity?
    • Why do you support the nomination?
    • How do you see this individual contributing to the field of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health in the future?

Nominations are closed for 2020.

What Award Recipients Receive

The 2020 award recipients received the following:

  • Registration to the ZERO TO THREE Annual Conference 2020
  • Opportunity to highlight work as a panel presenter at the 2020 Annual Conference
  • Opportunities to have their leadership efforts highlighted through various ZERO TO THREE platforms including webinar presentations, articles appearing in the ZERO TO THREE Journal, and acknowledgement of their award on ZERO TO THREE website
  • One- year membership to ZERO TO THREE

What Award Recipients Agree To

The 2020 award recipients committed to the following:

  • Attend the ZERO TO THREE Annual Conference 2020
  • Serve as a panel presenter highlighting work at the Annual Conference
  • Share their individual work on a national webinar in 2021
  • Submit an article on their nominated work for an issue of the ZERO TO THREE Journal