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Healthy Futures.
Bright Beginnings.
Healthy Futures.
Bright Beginnings.
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Development

Learn how infants’ bodies and brains develop and the milestones reached as they grow.

Early Learning

How parents and educators can foster baby's early learning

Social and emotional wellness
in babies and toddlers
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Early Language
and literacy Skills
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Helping Young Children
LEarn to share
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Parenting

Discover useful strategies to encourage positive behavior and overall wellness.

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Accidents are the leading cause of injury for children under 4 years old. Taking an ounce of prevention can help prevent accidents from occurring.

How To Keep
Your Toddler Safe
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Because our personalities are primarily genetic and therefore mostly determined at birth, we can look for signs of a baby’s temperament from even the earliest moments.

How Do I Recognize My
Baby's Temperament
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Infants and toddlers often have a hard time learning to sleep alone. Experts recommend that babies sleep in the same room as you until they are at least six months old.

Getting Your Child To
Sleep Independently
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The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued updated guidelines on sleep environments for babies to reduce cases of SIDS and promote safety and well-being.

New Guidelines for
Safe Infant Sleep
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Ways to support public policy that promotes
the wellbeing of babies and families.

POLICY / Advocacy
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Development

Development

Learn how infants’ bodies and brains develop and the milestones reached as they grow. 

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Early Learning

Early Learning

How parents and educators can foster baby's early learning.

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Parenting

Parenting

Discover useful strategies to encourage positive behavior and overall wellness.

Read more

Policy

Policy

Ways to support public policy that promotes the well-being of babies and families. 

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Matthew Melmed Explains Why Birth to Three is a Critical Time for Brain Development

Matthew Melmed

Matthew Melmed, Executive Director, ZERO TO THREE explains why birth to three is a critical time for a child’s brain development, especially the first two years. Melmed also shares the importance of relationships between a child and parent/caregiver.

By The Numbers

The latest research indicates that the first three years of a baby’s life are critically important in the development of social, emotional and cognitive wellness. Our earliest experiences with the adults in our lives affect our internal blueprints and have a strong influence over later growth and future health. This early development, whether mostly nurturing, or negative and neglectful, takes hold and builds brain patterns that last a lifetime.

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