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Call for Proposals Closes February 13

ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference is the premier destination for early childhood professionals from all disciplines to explore the most up-to-date research, best practices, and policy developments available.

We are now accepting proposals for presentations relevant to professionals working with children under 5 years old (including the prenatal period) and their families.

Submissions in English or Spanish will be considered for 1.5-Hour Field Presentations, 1.5-Hour Clinical Case Discussions, and Poster Presentations. Proposed topics should align with one of the ZERO TO THREE Competencies for Prenatal to Age 5 Professionals™:

  • Early Childhood Development: how development unfolds from conception to age 5 across social, emotional, cognitive, language, physical, and motor development and ways to responsively support it
  • Family-Centered Practice: why and how to effectively partner with families to support children’s health and development by building positive, supportive relationships
  • Relationship-Based Practice: why relationships are central to supporting the development of children, and how to create responsive and productive relationships with children, families, and other service providers
  • Health and Development Risk and Protective Factors: how and why multiple factors—including community, economic, political, and cultural influences—support or impede healthy development and the quality of relationships; and ways to work with families to identify strengths and use them as resources to reinforce protective factors, help manage challenges, and reduce risks
  • Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness: how culture and language have profound effects on child and family development, ways to raise awareness of our own assumptions about cultural attitudes and values, and strategies to integrate culturally and linguistically responsive methods
  • Leadership to Meet Family Needs and Improve Services and Systems: why and how to exercise leadership in advocacy, policy, and sharing knowledge and resources with families, colleagues, and the general public to promote optimal outcomes for expectant parents, young children, and their families and caregivers
  • Professional and Ethical Practices: why and how to follow and apply high-quality practices consistent with ethical and legal standards, behaviors, requirements, and obligations; and improving practices based on evidence, emerging knowledge, and promising approaches
  • Service Planning, Coordination, and Collaboration: why effective and responsive service provision requires planning, including a coordinated effort with other sectors and service providers; and how to take a strength- and relationship-based approach in partnerships


Submit proposal by February 13.

Topics of particular interest include emerging research and innovative practice in:

  • Attachment
  • Autism
  • Brain Development
  • Cultural Competence/Equity Issues
  • Developmental Services
  • Early Intervention
  • Early Learning
  • Early Literacy
  • Fatherhood Involvement
  • Gender
  • Language Development
    (including Multi-Language Development)
  • Leadership
  • Maternal Depression
  • Military Families
  • Nutrition
  • Parent Engagement
  • Poverty
  • Reflective Approaches to Practice
  • Regulation
  • Relationship-Based Practice
  • Screening and Assessment
  • Screen Use
  • Sensory Processing
  • Sleep
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Supervision
  • Therapeutic Group Care
  • Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Tribal Families and Communities
  • Workforce Development


Submit proposal by February 13.

The Annual Conference Audience
Last year’s audience included early childhood educators, mental health practitioners, early intervention providers as well as trainers, program administrators, and supervisors from across the early childhood fields. Forty-eight percent (48%) of conference attendees have been in the field for more than 10 years and hold a Master’s or Doctoral degree; twenty-five percent (25%) are mid-career professionals with 6 – 10 years of experience and a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree; and thirty-eight (38%) are early-career professionals with less than 5 years of experience and often a Bachelor’s degree.

Content of proposals should appeal to any one or all of these groups, but some priority will be given to content designed for an advanced learner.

You will be asked to identify the audience level of the presentation when completing the application.

Submit proposal by February 13.