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Thomas, Kandace; Noroña, Carmen Rosa; St. John, Maria Seymour – ZERO TO THREE, 2019
The Diversity-Informed Infant Mental Health Tenets (St. John, Thomas, Noroña, & Irving Harris Foundation Professional Development Network Tenets Working Group, 2012) synthesized efforts to integrate principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the infant and early childhood mental health field. The Tenets were born of a recognition that…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Child Health, Infants, Young Children
Frost, Reihonna L.; Goldberg, Abbie E. – ZERO TO THREE, 2019
Early childhood education is a time when children and their parents are learning about their roles in a school. This makes early childhood education a crucial time for developing strong parent-school relationships with diverse families including LGBTQ [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer] parents, adoptive families, and multiracial…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation
Johnson, Anneliese W.; Peterson, Samantha – ZERO TO THREE, 2019
How do very young children develop a sense of identity and belonging culturally, and how can this sense be supported by early care and education teachers and programs? This article examines literature associated with identity and belonging in early childhood and how those who work closely with children and families can incorporate best practices…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, Early Childhood Education, Best Practices
Beneke, Margaret R.; Newton, Jennifer R.; Vinh, Megan; Blanchard, Sheresa Boone; Kemp, Peggy – ZERO TO THREE, 2019
The implicit and explicit messages early childhood practitioners send about disability have important consequences for young children's developing identities and sense of belonging. The authors discuss how practitioners can cultivate early learning communities in which the identities of all young children, with and without disabilities, are…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Inclusion, Young Children, Child Development
DeJesus, Jasmine M.; Liberman, Zoe; Kinzler, Katherine D. – ZERO TO THREE, 2019
Babies are miraculous linguistic creatures. From an early age, they seamlessly master the language or languages in their early environment. Babies' early language-learning abilities turn out to not just be about language--they are also social in nature, orienting children to cultural in-group members. Infants and young children demonstrate…
Descriptors: Infants, Infant Behavior, Language Usage, Language Acquisition
Reschke, Kathy – ZERO TO THREE, 2019
This article is an excerpt from the "ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators"[TM] Course Curriculum, module SE-6: Promoting Children's Sense of Self and Belonging. The course supports development of the essential skills educators need to optimize the social-emotional, cognitive, and language and literacy…
Descriptors: Child Development, Infants, Toddlers, Social Development
Sullivan, Lucy Martinez; Sakayan, Mannik; Cernak, Kimberly – ZERO TO THREE, 2018
Good nutrition during the 1,000-day window between pregnancy and 2 years old can give children the opportunity to reach their full potential. Conversely, malnutrition early in life can cause irreversible damage to a child's brain development and physical growth, leading to a lifetime of poor health and lost potential. Each year, malnutrition costs…
Descriptors: Nutrition, Young Children, Infants, Toddlers
Walker, Susan P.; Chang, Susan M.; Smith, Joanne A.; Baker-Henningham, Helen – ZERO TO THREE, 2018
Nurturing care in early childhood requires responsive interactions and opportunities to learn; however, there are few large-scale programs in low- and middle-income countries that support parents' ability to provide responsive care and activities that help children learn. The Reach Up training program was developed to increase capacity of…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Parent Education, Early Intervention, Family Programs
Lopez Boo, Florencia; Cubides Mateus, Mayaris; Sorio, Rita; Garibotto, Giorgina; Berón, Christian – ZERO TO THREE, 2018
Uruguay is making great progress in improving the lives of its youngest children. A national longitudinal early childhood-focused household survey has been, and will continue to be, an important tool for identifying concerns and targeting interventions. In a study of the home environment, the authors found that children from lower income…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Family Environment, Child Development
Richter, Linda M. – ZERO TO THREE, 2018
The global community is recognizing how "nurturing care" is critical for the developing child. The term encompasses health and nutrition, safety and security, responsive caregiving, and opportunities for inclusive early learning, all of which are afforded by loving parents and families and supportive communities. Public policies and…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Family Environment, Parenting Styles, Child Development
Wertlieb, Donald – ZERO TO THREE, 2018
The science and practice of early childhood development now stands ready to address the needs and ensure the rights of infants and young children with disabilities and their families, among the most underserved and marginalized in all regions of the world. Synergies in global policies such as the "United Nations Convention on the Rights of…
Descriptors: Child Development, Infants, Toddlers, Childrens Rights
Barker, Gary; Levtov, Ruti; Heilman, Brian – ZERO TO THREE, 2018
Fathers matter enormously for children and for early childhood development. Yet women around the world still do 3 times as much child care and unpaid domestic work as men do. Research, programs, and advocacy undertaken by Promundo and the MenCare Campaign, including the "State of the World's Fathers" reports, have demonstrated the…
Descriptors: Fathers, Child Rearing, Child Care, Sex Stereotypes
Hirsh-Pasek, Kathryn; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick – ZERO TO THREE, 2018
Language is the single best predictor of later success in school and beyond. Using new findings in the science of learning, this article outlines 6 basic principles that will help parents and caregivers interact with children in ways that grow important language skills. Creating environments that nurture these principles gives every child a chance…
Descriptors: Language Skills, Reading Skills, Singing, Interaction
Heffron, Mary Claire; Murch, Trudi – ZERO TO THREE, 2018
Successful implementation of a reflective supervision (RS) model in an agency or system requires careful attention to the learning needs of supervisees. Although supervisors and managers typically receive orientation and training to help them understand and implement RS, their staff rarely do. In this article, the authors explore supervisees'…
Descriptors: Supervision, Reflection, Supervisors, Administrator Qualifications
Osofsky, Joy; Wieder, Serena; Noroña, Carmen Rosa; Lowell, Darcy; Worthy, D'Lisa Ramsey – ZERO TO THREE, 2018
Infant and early childhood mental health interventions and treatment take place in many different settings including clinics serving adults and children, primary care centers, pediatric clinics, private practice offices, homes, early intervention offices, and child care centers. In addition, the types of evaluations and services offered in these…
Descriptors: Mental Health, Young Children, Early Intervention, Cultural Differences
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