Improving Quality in Services for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

The ZERO TO THREE Journal | Vol 39 No 2

Improving the quality of services for infants, toddlers, and their families requires a focus on their unique needs. The articles in this issue of the Journal explore a variety of elements that improve services for young children and their families:

  • The technique of “Skilled Dialogue” provides early interventionists with a framework and supporting strategies to consider when forming and sustaining partnerships with caregivers in El, especially when navigating topics or conversations that might be perceived as uncomfortable or difficult.
  • How daily caregiving practices, such as diapering, can be transformed from a rushed routine to an opportunity to enhance child well-being and involvement.
  • How staff training can build capacity to effectively deliver trauma-informed intervention in community-based settings.
  • How an age-appropriate diagnostic classification, DC:0-5: Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (ZERO TO THREE, 2016) as a standard of practice can be an effective strategy for improving access to services and supports and improving outcomes for children.
  • Considerations of the use of media by very young children, and the importance of maximizing human-to-human interactions for healthy brain development.
  • The power of professional partnerships when staff members join forces to create strong relationships on behalf of young children and families jointly served by their organizations.

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Table of Contents

Pg 2—This Issue and Why It Matters

Pg 5—Respect, Reciprocity and Responsiveness: Strengthening Family-Professional Partnerships in Early Intervention

Pg 11—One Diaper at a Time: Re-Envisioning Diapering Routines With Infants and Toddlers

Pg 21—Building Connections: Supporting the Readiness and Capacity of Community-Based Projects to Deliver a Trauma-Informed Intervention

Pg 27—Advancing Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: The Integration of DC:0-5™ Into State Policy and Systems

Pg 36—PERSPECTIVES: Early Childhood, Media Use, and Development: Human Touch First and Foremost

Pg 39—Improving Outcomes for Infants, Toddlers and Families Involved With Child Welfare Through Professional Relationships: Acknowledging Challenges and Sharing Passions


Released bi-monthly, each issue of the ZERO TO THREE Journal focuses on a critical topic within the early childhood development field. Journal articles are carefully composed to present current knowledge, latest research, and practical advice to help early childhood professionals do their best work in support of infants and toddlers.

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