ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with an auxiliary office in Los Angeles, California. With a mission to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life, ZTT provides parents, professionals, and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development.

ZERO TO THREE is proud to support military and Veteran families through Military Family Projects. 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; and parents will have tools to assist them as they nurture and guide their children’s development.

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, helping them navigate the many transitions that are a part of being a part of a military connected family.

Topics include

  • Preparing for a Deployment
  • Deployment
  • Behavior Challenges
  • Reintegration
  • Moving
  • Injury
  • Loss of a Parent
  • Transitioning Back to Civilian Life
  • Self-Care

Whether you’re caring for a baby or toddler in a military connected family or a professional who supports a military or veteran and their family, these resources will help you to ensure these youngest heroes have a strong start in life.


ZERO TO THREE would like to thank the Robert R. McCormick Foundation for funding this project. We would also like to thank everyone who helped make this app possible.


Jeree H. Pawl, PhD
ZERO TO THREE Board Member
Mill Valley, CA


Rizwan Shah, MD
ZERO TO THREE Board Member
Child Abuse Program at Blank Children’s Hospital
Des Moines, IA


Advisory Group

Tifany Irons , Dual Service, US Army Reserve and US Army Spouse and Parent, Great Lakes, IL

Susan Burrows, LCSW, New Parent Support Home Visitation Program, Great Lakes Naval Station, IL

Priscilla Hammon, Children’s Home and Aid Society, Granite City, IL

Jacques Hebert, Veteran, ChildServ, Chicago, IL

Zachary Hunsinger, JD/MSW, Health & Disability Advocates, Chicago, IL

Alice James, Veteran Spouse and Parent, Wheaton, IL

Beth Knight, Illinois Child Care Resource and Referral Association, Bloomington, IL

Duane Kozlowski, Veteran Parent, West Chicago, IL

LaKrisha Lindo, Veteran Spouse and Parent, Army OneSource, Zion, IL

Kelcey Liverpool, US Navy Spouse, Kid’s Rank, Highwood, IL

Jan Stepto Millet, Children’s Home and Aid Society, Chicago, IL

Margret Nickels, PhD, Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL

Jennifer Spengler, Children’s Home and Aid Society, Granite City, IL

Rebecca Tews, PhD, Brain Oasis, Warrenville, IL

Cassandra Ward, Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL


Vodcast Expert Speakers

Janice Im, MS; Claire Lerner, LCSW; Rebecca Parlakian, MA, Ed & HD; and Dorinda Williams, PhD, LCSW-C.



Julia Yeary and Dorinda Williams

App Production by Synse Solutions

Video Production by 5:00 Films

Some film courtesy of Ankle Valley Productions


We are deeply grateful to all of the families who allowed us to capture their tender moments on film!