Maria J. Gehl, MSW, is Director of Practice and Field Operations, National Infant Toddler Court Program (ITCP).
Maria is deeply committed to and passionate about supporting relationships, especially the earliest ones, with a spirit of nurturing and inquiry. She currently does this through directing the Practice and Field Operations of ITCP. The ITCP supports the implementation of Safe Babies Court Team™ approaches across the country, working at the community-level with site implementation as well providing capacity-building technical assistance at the State level. Maria also serves as a Senior Advisor to Programmatic Assistance for Tribal Home Visiting (PATH). In previous roles at ZERO TO THREE, Maria has directed the Mindfulness in Early Childhood Project, which focused in increasing the understanding and use of mindfulness and compassion practices in early childhood settings. She has also provided leadership to two national home visiting technical assistance centers focused on bringing capacity building supports to tribal communities and state systems. Maria is a Social Service professional with over 30 years’ experience working across a variety of disciplines including home visiting, early childhood education, and child abuse prevention. Her areas of focus include reflective practice, home visiting, and program implementation in diverse communities and early childhood system development. Prior to joining ZERO TO THREE in 2011, Maria developed extensive experience consulting, coaching, and training on program development, implementation, and continuous quality improvement in Washington State. Her efforts were instrumental in securing dedicated state funding for evidence-based home visitation in Washington. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington and a B.A. from Hamilton College.