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Countdown to NTI

Dec 24, 2011

This Thursday, December 8, ZERO TO THREE will kick off its 26th National Training Institute (NTI) here in Washington, DC.

This year’s theme is “Connecting Science, Policy, and Practice,” so its content will be particularly relevant to infant-toddler advocates. If you can’t be with us at NTI, the Policy Baby Blog will bring NTI to you. Throughout the conference, which lasts through December 11, we’ll be blogging about the extraordinary plenary speakers as well as the profusion of rich field sessions on research and practice that can inform policy for infants and toddlers. Plus, we’ll be asking conference attendees for their input on what policymakers should know with the “Question of the Day.“

What’s in store? The conference will open Thursday afternoon with Deborah Phillips’ presentation, “Returning to the Neighborhood (and the Neurons) 12 Years Later.” Phillips co-edited the seminal book, From Neurons to Neighborhoods, which synthesized knowledge about the brain development of infants and toddlers – along with findings from the behavioral and social sciences – to inform policy and practice. The book’s most important conclusion is that, unequivocally, what happens in the first months and years of life absolutely does matter and sets a sturdy or fragile foundation for all that follows. Phillips will revisit that work and the advances in knowledge since its publication in 2000.

Friday, December 9 starts bright and early with a policy plenary featuring Bryan Samuels, Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, who will discuss the necessity of focusing on the developmental needs of children in the child welfare system. Other conference highlights will include:

  • Luncheon keynote with symposium to follow: Vincent Felitti, MD, will discuss the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study and the connection between childhood trauma and negative consequences later in life.
  • Research plenary: Charles Zeanah, MD, will explore the extent to which recovery from early adversity is possible - with implications drawn for policymakers.
  • Sessions on such topics as high-quality home visiting, evidence-based practice, child welfare (including disconnects with early special education, forever homes for babies in foster care, and developmental needs), young children in military families, early childhood trauma and mental health consultations, homelessness and young children… and the list goes on and on.

So, stay tuned to the Policy Baby Blog for the latest bulletins from this gathering of professionals dedicated to ensuring that babies grow up healthy and happy. To be sure you get every post, subscribe to our feed by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking on RSS and then “subscribe to this feed.” We look forward to sharing NTI with you!

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    Patricia A. Cole

    Senior Director of Federal Policy


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