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ZERO TO THREE Fellowship Program Description

Feb 5, 2016

The ZERO TO THREE Fellowship Program is a seminal leader in nurturing and supporting diverse professionals from multiple disciplines and sectors to be “change agents” to transform and advance programs, systems, and policies that impact the lives of infants, toddlers, and their families.

Who We Seek

We seek skilled leaders (5 years or more of professional experience) who possess the passion and will to use the potential of their position to advance change in programs, systems, and policies that would positively affect the well-being of infants, toddlers, and their families. Candidates should have a specific vision for change in their professional context and a desire to promote that change through collaboration and partnership across roles, disciplines, and sectors. Ideal candidates are eager to innovate, take and manage risks, listen and learn, inspire others, and embrace challenge.

Consistent with ZTT’s commitment to ensure that leaders reflect the broad diversity of the infant-family field, we seek candidates who identify as a member of an underrepresented population, serve children and families in underrepresented populations, reside in diverse geographic locations, and represent a diversity of disciplines which include (but not limited to):

  • Infant and early childhood development
  • Early care and education
  • Infant mental health
  • Child welfare
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Home visiting
  • Psychiatry
  • Pediatrics
  • Public policy
  • Early intervention
  • Social work
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Community activists/organizers
  • Economics
  • Epidemiology

Fellowship Experiences:

  • Experiential and reflection retreats — held in the DC metro area (and other sites as determined) to provide opportunity for Fellows to come together for shared learning around specific core content areas and for reflection on issues of leadership, self-awareness, and professional aspirations.

  • Self-directed and remote learning — assigned readings, regular conference calls, webinars, and other suggested learning experiences provide opportunities for extended learning around core content and other areas of interest between retreats.

  • Relationship-building and networking — the fellowship provides opportunities to build deep and meaningful relationships between members of the fellowship class. In addition, Fellows have opportunities to build-relationships and network with ZTT staff, Board members, and Academy Fellows.

  • ZTT Professional Meetings — as part of the fellowship experience, Fellows attend a ZTT Annual Conference and a Scientific Meeting. These professional development opportunities serve to deepen knowledge and expand professional network of fellows.

  • Individualized Support/Mentoring — we are committed to ensuring that each Fellow receives the support necessary for a successful fellowship experience. Based on the unique need(s) of each Fellow, they will be connected to a ZTT staff member, Academy Fellow, or Board member who can provide support and/or mentoring.

  • Action Plan development — the Action Plan is the centerpiece of the Fellowship experience. It is an opportunity for each Fellow to engage in substantive learning and planning around an issue/challenge related to infants and toddlers in your professional context that requires collaboration and collective action to “move the needle” on the issue.

Fellowship Core Content:

  • Infant Mental Health (research, clinical practice, programs, systems, etc.)
  • Adaptive Leadership/reflective practice/mindfulness
  • Multidisciplinary/cross-sector collective action and impact
  • Local/state/federal advocacy and public policy
  • Effective communication and messaging

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