Zero to Three: Early Experiences Matter
The website that I’ve decided to follow and to explore in depth is Zero to Three, a nonprofit organization that works with parents, professionals, and policy makers to make a bigger impact on the lives of young children. If you would like to explore this website or learn more about the information discussed here, please go to the following link: http://www.zerotothree.org/. This will take you to Zero to Three’s homepage.Primary Focus and Mission of Zero to Three
Throughout the country, the Zero to Three organization “informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers” (Zero to Three, 2012). It works to improve the overall development of young children by presenting thorough research and information, especially those that highlight different positive experiences that benefit children, with accessible tools and resources for those that directly and indirectly impact young children. It utilizes a “multidisciplinary approach” (Zero to Three, 2012) to bring together various viewpoints of different fields and individuals to show how all developmental domains are interconnected and dependent upon each other to “promote a child’s overall health and well-being in the context of his family and culture” (Zero to Three, 2012).
Zero to Three highlights specific areas that significantly impacts the field of early childhood, including “ including child care, infant mental health, early language and literacy development, early intervention and the impact of culture” (Zero to Three, 2012). It is this organization’s vision to promote better understanding about these specific areas to help children reach their optimal best.
Overall, Zero to Three’s focus is the improve the lives and well-being of children by helping to expand the understanding of professionals, parents, and policymakers through a wealth of research-based information.Zero to Three’s Website at a Glance
Navigating through this organization’s website is a rather easy task. Upon entering the homepage, a viewer will have access to a variety of tabs including “Behavior and Management,” “Maltreatment”, “Care and Education,” and “Public Policy.” When a user clicks on any of the aforementioned tabs, they will be taking to a submenu of links specifically relating to that topic. For example, when clicking on “Maltreatment,” a user will be taken to subtopics like Child Abuse and Neglect, Safe Babies Court Teams, and Impact of Trauma. Through each tab, a parent, professional, or policymaker will find something useful to expand their knowledge. There is downloadable resources, free resources for parents and families, and a bookstore for the option of purchasing additional resources. Zero to Three’s website is built for easy navigation by a parent, professional, or policymaker, capturing their attention and interest through a variety of topics.Zero to Three Journals and Newsletter
Zero to Three publishes both a journal and a newsletter throughout the year:
- Zero to Three Journal is published bi-monthly and contains articles in regards to important issues in the field of early childhood education. The journal is available in print or digital format. The subscription price is $79 dollars per year (or $139 for two years) for both a print and a digital copy. To purchase just a digital copy, the price is $59. One is able to view previous journal issues prior to deciding if a subscription is desired. In addition, journal collections are available at a discounted price through the bookstore. For the month of January, articles and research revolve about home visiting and how this supports positive development and home-to-school relationships. To inquire more about the journal, please click here.
- From Baby to Big Kid: How Your Child Grows from Zero to Three is a monthly eNewsletter geared towards parents that provides age-specific information on child development, research-based articles, activity suggestions, frequently asked questions, and additional research. Upon registering for this free newsletter, parents are asked what their child’s (or children’s) current ages are, so the newsletter will be age-related and appeal to the parent’s interest. To sign up or inquire more about this eNewsletter, please click here.
*Please note, while I did subscribe to this monthly eNewsletter, I have not receive any editions yet. I attempted to research for archive copies, but they are not readily available through the website.*
Since I was not able to access the monthly eNewletter currently, I focused on a specific issue highlighted on the Zero to Three website that caught my attention. While browsing the plentiful topics, the issue of sleep. Since I have a three year old with multiple disabilities, sleep has been a struggle since he was an infant. I first began to read about some of the tips and strategies for getting a better night’s sleep. The suggestions provided ranged in age from infant to toddler. There were suggestions for nighttime awakenings and how to help a toddler fall back to sleep and what to do when a toddler have a nightmare. However, I was particularly drawn to the myths about sleeping. I have attempted to put my son to bed a bit later on the weekends in attempts to get him to sleep longer and throughout the night, however this doesn’t work. Reading through the myths, I discovered that a child should actually be put to bed earlier for a better night’s sleep, rather than later in hopes of sleeping in later. I decided to give it a try by putting my son to bed earlier one evening. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my son had slept well throughout the night and slept until 7:30. I am thankful for this website and their suggestions, as I have already begun to repeat the benefits personally. To further explore this topic on sleep, please click here.Relation to This Week’s Current Topic: Changing Demographics and Diversity
Unfortunately, I was not able to locate a lot of information particularly pertaining to diversity and the changing demographics. I looked through all of the topics and subtopics, both of which did not lead to a specific area related to diversity and its impact on child development. I completed a search on the entire website and discovered that a journal was devoted to diversity in May 2007. (For the Table of Contents, click here.) Since only the table of contents was available to view, I was not able to see what the articles specifically referenced. Some of the policy articles mentioned diversity, however there was little information directly related to diversity and the changing demographics.
*A special note in regards to Part 1 of this assignment. I have not had any contacts with international early childhood professionals. Today, I attempted to contact organizations via Facebook to see if I could connect with anyone. I haven’t had any responds yet. I am prepared to choose the alternative to this assignment if nothing occurs with contacting these professionals.Reference: Zero to Three, 2012. Retrieved from http://www.zerotothree.org/.