Northwestern University Innovations in Developmental Sciences

Early in life, development and experience interact to build a foundation for the lifespan, leaving an indelible impression on lifelong outcomes. Deepening scientific understanding of how early development and experience, from the prenatal period through age six, shape learning, well-being, health and disease is essential to the welfare of our society. Innovations in Developmental Sciences, (“DevSci”) is designed to transform how scientists ask and answer questions about how early development shapes the lifespan.


ZERO TO THREE is proud to announce Think Babies. The campaign, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, aims to make the potential of every baby our national priority.
Think Babies will bring national attention to what babies and families need to thrive--and the implications for the country. Be part of the team that’s fighting for our future. Go to and use our thought generator to tell Congress why they need to #ThinkBabies.

December, 2016

21st Century Cures Bill Includes Important Mental Health Grants for Very Young Children

Dec 7, 2016

ZERO TO THREE applauds focus on creating a strong foundation for positive mental health, starting at birth.


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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Provisions recommended by ZERO TO THREE to support mental health promotion, intervention and treatment programs for very young children are included in the 21st Century Cures bill, passed by Congress today.

Policy Statement on Media and Young Minds

Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are now growing up in environments saturated with a variety of traditional and new technologies, which they are adopting at increasing rates. Although there has been much hope for the educational potential of interactive media for young children, accompanied by fears about their overuse during this crucial period of rapid brain development, research in this area still remains limited.

Save Childhood Movement

"The movement was launched in 2013 and consists of a growing collaboration of individuals and organisations that share a deep concern about societal values and wellbeing and the current erosion of natural childhood. It has a particular interest in how modern culture is impacting family life and how this shapes the values and mindsets of children, especially in the early years."
Sponsors of The International Festival of Childhood to be held in Bath, England in the summer of 2017

Professionals Partnering with Newborns and Their Families

A Guide for Practitioners from the Illinois Newborn Practice Roundtable
The Illinois Newborn Practice Roundtable—a consortium of 50-plus professionals from many disciplines serving Newborn families—recognized the need for our state to begin to bring together “what we know” which can positively impact “what we do” in our services to Newborns and their families. This document is a first step in compiling such information as a basis for our best practice with Newborns. 

Published in 2016

Poverty and Child Health in the United States

"Almost half of young children in the United States live in poverty or near poverty. The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to reducing and ultimately eliminating child poverty in the United States. Poverty and related social determinants of health can lead to adverse health outcomes in childhood and across the life course, negatively affecting physical health, socioemotional development, and educational achievement."
Policy Statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, March 2016