ZERO TO THREE's Knowledge and Know-How: Nurturing Child Well-Being series focuses on the core knowledge and skills professionals need to:

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  • leverage their relationships with parents
  • promote child well-being and
  • raise the overall quality of care.

The series has been carefully designed, developed, and piloted. It helps stakeholders at multiple levels support their workforce, including:

  • Direct Service Programs
  • Organizations
  • Communities
  • States/Territories


How? Using Knowledge and Know-How helps:

Communities and States/Territories

  • Ensure consistency of knowledge and skills across agencies
  • Align with and leverage other early childhood workforce initiatives

Direct Service Programs, Organizations, Communities, and States/Territories

  • Save time and money without sacrificing quality
    • Reduce training costs and timelines while maintaining high quality standards
    • Train more staff with fewer trainers and facilities
    • Reach professionals in urban and rural communities alike
  • Rapidly elevate the knowledge and skills of entry-level personnel
  • Ultimately, build family strengths and promote child well-being through effective partnerships with educators

What people are saying about Knowledge and Know-How: Nurturing Child Well-Being:

"Members appreciated the breadth of the lessons to provide a solid foundation of information on all topic areas." – Project Director, Tompkins County, NY
"The project provided an opportunity to focus on early childhood and look at ways to promote well-being before social-emotional/mental health concerns develop." – Project Director, Cabarrus County, NC
"Knowledge and Know-How gave us an exciting opportunity to work with partners and collaborators we never knew existed. We now have the basis of a relationship to further this work." – Project Director, Hawaii Department of Health


Lesson 1 Partnerships With Families

This lesson focuses on creating effective partnerships with parents by exploring the benefits and identifying strategies for building responsive, collaborative parent-provider partnership.

Lesson 2 Social and Emotional Development for Infants, Toddlers, and Parents

This lesson provides a definition of social and emotional development for infants and toddlers, describes the importance of caregiving relationships in supporting young children’s social and emotional development, and identifies the stages of parent development.

Lesson 3 Building a Healthy Brain

This lesson focuses on building an environment that leads to healthy brain development by describing the inter-relatedness of all areas of early development and the role relationships, repetition, responsive interactions, respect, and routines (5 R’s) play in supporting healthy brain development.

Lesson 4 Well-Being and Prevention of Maltreatment of Very Young Children

This lesson focuses on preventing maltreatment through defining well-being, discussing the vulnerability of infants and toddlers to maltreatment, and exploring the impact of early experiences on lifelong health and development.

Lesson 5 Culture and Caring for Young Children

This lesson focuses on culture and caring for young children by defining culture and discussing the importance of understanding our own cultural lens. It explores the importance of respecting parents’ cultural goals and discusses an approach to negotiating culturally based differences.

Lesson 6 Understanding Temperament

This lesson provides a practical understanding of temperament by describing what temperament traits are and discussing how they can be both risk and protective factors in promoting child well-being.

Lesson 7 Challenges in Young Children's Behavior

This lesson defines and identifies possible causes of challenging behaviors, and it identifies strategies for analyzing and responding to challenging behaviors.

Lesson 8 Relationship-Based Practice

This lesson explores the meaning of relationship-based practice and explores tools and strategies for implementing these practices into your work.

More Information

To explore how Knowledge and Know-How lessons can work for your program/community/state please contact:

Jodi Whiteman, M.Ed.
Director, Center for Training Services and Special Projects
1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20037
Tel: 202-857-2634
Fax: 202-638-0851