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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
Scorza, Pamela; Monk, Catherine – ZERO TO THREE, 2019
The transition to parenting (Galinsky, 1987) can be a tumultuous time, particularly when parents have experienced traumatic and stressful life circumstances. Interventions to help these parents often focus on the first 2 years after birth because of the importance of this sensitive period for babies' developing brains. However, we describe…
Descriptors: Pregnancy, Stress Variables, Trauma, Prenatal Influences
Garcia, Sarah E.; Lillehei, Nina E.; Valente, Eleza R.; Grote, Nancy K.; Hankin, Benjamin L.; Davis, Elysia Poggi – ZERO TO THREE, 2019
Prenatal maternal depression affects both mother and fetus with long-term implications for offspring vulnerability to psychopathology through alterations to brain development, stress physiology, negative emotionality, and cognitive control. This article reviews evidence for the negative impact of prenatal maternal depression on offspring…
Descriptors: Mothers, Pregnancy, Prenatal Influences, Depression (Psychology)
River, Laura M.; Narayan, Angela J.; Galvan, Thania; Rivera, Luisa; Harris, William W.; Lieberman, Alicia F. – ZERO TO THREE, 2019
During pregnancy, low-income women are at high risk for depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but they are unlikely to receive mental health services. As a follow-up to Narayan et al. (2017), we provide a detailed picture of pregnant women's mental health service (MHS) need versus utilization. Results suggested that the majority of…
Descriptors: Pregnancy, Mothers, At Risk Persons, Health Needs
Narayan, Angela J.; Atzl, Victoria M.; Merrick, Jillian S.; River, Laura M.; Peña, Rachel – ZERO TO THREE, 2019
Clinical research during the pregnancy period is maximally beneficial for participants if it is positive, inclusive, and therapeutic. We describe our ongoing study of ethnically diverse, low-income pregnant women and fathers-to-be that leverages participants' benevolent childhood experiences (BCEs) and promotes insight to counteract mental health…
Descriptors: Low Income, Resilience (Psychology), Intimacy, Pregnancy
Parlakian, Rebecca; Kinser, Kathy – ZERO TO THREE, 2019
This article reviews the research base on the development of prenatal attachment and profiles four programs that foster this essential prenatal relationship: CenteringPregnancy®, the Practical Resources for Effective Postpartum Parenting program (PREPP), Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP), and Moms2B.
Descriptors: Prenatal Influences, Program Effectiveness, Pregnancy, Metacognition
Stark, Deborah Roderick; Brown, Deborah; Jerald, Judith – ZERO TO THREE, 2019
A secret sauce for family and community engagement emerged as a result of a technical assistance project that supported Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grantees in California. Power-sharing, communication, creativity, and continuous recommitment to families were key ingredients of that sauce. When these were present, programs were able to…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Community Involvement, Early Intervention, Participative Decision Making
Keating, Kim – ZERO TO THREE, 2019
This article discusses why and how the "State of Babies Yearbook: 2019" was developed; identifies the indicators used to examine the well-being of the nation's infants and toddlers; and explains how the indicators align with the ZERO TO THREE policy framework areas of Good Health, Strong Families, and Positive Early Learning Experiences.…
Descriptors: Well Being, Infants, Toddlers, Public Health
Cuevas, Rebecca; Whitney, Grace – ZERO TO THREE, 2019
This article describes the ongoing impact of one Early Head Start grantee's participation in a statewide initiative to connect the state's network of residential substance abuse treatment programs for women and their children with their local Early Head Start program. The initiative was designed to enhance child development and parenting supports…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, State Programs, Residential Programs, Mothers
Cutuli, J. J.; Wilard, Joe – ZERO TO THREE, 2019
This article describes the Building Early Links for Learning (BELL) initiative in Philadelphia, PA. BELL looks to promote resilience in young children staying in emergency housing for homeless families. The goal is to make the settings more responsive and supportive to children's developmental needs as they adapt to experiences of homelessness and…
Descriptors: Homeless People, Resilience (Psychology), Young Children, Housing
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