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Little Kids, Big Questions
is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

Female Sailor and Baby

ZERO TO THREE is proud to support military and Veteran families. We work to increase awareness and collaboration throughout military and civilian communities so that professionals who work with parents and children can more effectively care for babies, toddlers, and their military-connected families. Our board books developed for toddlers, our informative booklets for parents, and our professional guides all focus on strategies to help strengthen the resilience of our babies and toddlers in military and Veteran families so they will have a strong start in life.


Honoring Our Military and Veterans’ Families

November has been designated as Military Family Month. We take time to honor the sacrifices that service members and their families make in support of our nation. We also honor all of our Veterans and their families on Veteran’s Day, November 11th. Even though most of our troops have been pulled from Afghanistan and Iraq, they continue to sacrifice for our country—serving wherever needed when called, including in Africa to aid with the Ebola epidemic. Their families continue to give so much to support their service members and the mission long after they return home. If you have a family member who is serving, or who has ever served in our armed services, thank you!


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ZERO TO THREE's Veteran Family Materials for Parents and Professionals

We appreciate the unique strengths and contributions of the veterans in our communities. 

Military Family Projects at ZERO TO THREE is pleased to announce the development of resources that are tailored to the needs, strengths, and interests of young children of veteran families, as well as the professionals who serve them.  These materials, generously funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, are now available on our ZERO TO THREE website.  We anticipate that these resources will serve as critical tools for engaging veterans and their families as they transition into civilian status.



Veterans and Families NASW USC cover“Young Children of Veteran Families,” presented by Dorinda Williams, Director of Military Family Projects, ZERO TO THREE, at the NASW/USC symposium, Young Children of Veteran Families Enhancing the Well-being of America’s Veterans and their Families: A Call to Action for A National Veterans Policy, June 13, 2013.

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Sparrow Telly BannerSparrow is a book designed to support a young child whose parent/caregiver has been injured, physically or emotionally, while on deployment. The book explores core, universal themes relating to loss, healing, hope, resilience, and, ultimately, the power of parent-child love and connectedness in helping young children and their families cope with challenging events and circumstances.

Sparrow is now available for purchase from the Zero To Three Bookstore.

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Expanding Our Outreach - As our extensive Duty to Care trainings have come to an end, Military Family Projects is pleased to announce its expanded efforts on behalf of Veteran families and their providers, as well as to highlight issues related to young children with special needs in military families.

Duty to Care – You Make a Difference (E-Learning Course) - For early child education professionals, these 3 twenty-minute interactive e-learning modules offer insights and strategies for supporting young children during deployment, injury or death of a Service member. Your supportive relationship and the little things you say and do every day can make a big difference in the lives of parents and children.

Supporting Young Children - These brochures focus on the unique experience of parenting a baby or toddler, particularly during times of stress and separation that military families may be experiencing.

Honoring our Babies and Toddlers - This 3-piece set, designed for professionals and military parents, provides methods to support young children affected by stress, trauma, grief, and loss due to a military parent’s deployment, injury, or death.

CTAMF E-newsletter - Coming Together Around Military Families® E-newsletter- A quarterly newsletter for professionals from Military Family Projects at ZERO TO THREE, which provides the most up-to-date resources and knowledge specifically tailored to the needs of military families with very young children and for a multidisciplinary audience of health, mental health, family support, and early education professionals.

Materials available at Military OneSource - You can now order CTAMF materials. ZERO TO THREE provides a comprehensive collection of materials for parents, caregivers, and professionals who work to meet the needs of military families with babies and toddlers affected events such as deployment and reunification.

Related Organizations - For more information on additional resources focused on helping families with young children.

Sample Letters for Parents to Give Professionals - Parents can use these sample letters with a medical provider or child care professional to help them better understand their family’s experiences.

Parent Flyers - Download 7 parent flyers that emphasize the importance of supporting babies and toddlers during deployment and relocation.

Young Children on the Homefront: Family Stories, Family, Strengths DVD - Military families share their unique deployment experiences and challenges, and they offer tips and strategies that parents will find useful in supporting their young child before, during, and after deployment

"Over There" Activity Book - ZERO TO THREE has developed this book to help parents find the words to reassure your child that Mommy or Daddy is out there thinking about and loving him from far away.

Medical / Health Care - Time-saving tools are available now to aid the busy clinician in understanding a military family’s deployment-related issues, with resources the clinician can provide families about deployment, reunification, injury, and bereavement.

Research and Resilience - Military Family Projects at ZERO TO THREE is pleased to provide an overview of Research and Resilience, an 18-month initiative generously funded by the Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund of the California Community Foundation.

A Professional’s Guide to Creating Activities for Strengthening Parent-Child Connections - Are you looking for ways to include children under 5 in your programming? It isn’t surprising since children ages birth to 5 years old make up about 40% of Active Duty children and 25% of all the children in National Guard families. “Connections” will help you in creating activities that are interactive and fun, while promoting strong parent-child connections and parental self-care. These activities are also perfect for those coordinating Yellow Ribbon events, with ideas that early care providers might use to involve even the youngest children.

Little Listeners - This booklet provides useful reminders and suggestions about behaviors in young children during stressful times and concrete guidance and activities to provide support throughout these challenging events.

Articles You Can Use - Download 5 "Articles You Can Use" focused on: Self-Care, Relocation, Pre-Deployment, Deployment, and Post-Deployment. Click on an article to read about ways to support your child during these challenging times.

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