Our Fellowship Program Vision
A network of leaders spanning diverse professions who have the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers to reach their full potential.
ZERO TO THREE (ZTT) is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals, and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development. ZTT is unique in our multidisciplinary approach to child development. Our emphasis on bringing together the perspectives of many fields and many specialists is rooted in the robust research studies showing that all domains of development—social, emotional, intellectual, language, and physical—are interdependent and work together to promote a child’s overall health and well-being in the context of his family and culture.
The ZERO TO THREE Fellowship Program is a seminal leader in nurturing and supporting diverse professionals from multiple disciplines and sectors to be “change agents” in transforming and advancing programs, systems, and policies that impact the lives of infants, toddlers, and their families. Launched in 1981, 278 leaders—representing 36 states and 8 countries—have participated in the fellowship program. This esteemed network of graduate fellows continues to impact the lives of babies and young children in a multitude of ways and are able to maintain lifetime relationships with each other and ZTT through the Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows.
Formally established in 2012, the purpose of the Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows is to promote collaborations and partnerships across the Graduate Fellow network, sustain relationships, and support the fellowship program. Through the Academy, Graduate Fellows can leverage the vast assets of expertise, influence, and resources of this diverse network in ways that are of mutual benefit to the ZTT organization, the Fellows, and the infant-family field. After completion of the fellowship program, Fellows are strongly encouraged to be actively engaged with the Academy.
ZTT seeks skilled leaders (5 years or more of professional experience) who possess the passion and will to use the potential of their position to advance change in programs, systems, and policies that would positively affect the well-being of infants, toddlers, and their families. Candidates should have a specific vision for change in their professional context and a desire to promote that change through collaboration and partnership across roles, disciplines, and sectors. Ideal candidates are eager to innovate, take and manage risks, listen and learn, inspire others, and embrace challenge.
Consistent with ZTT’s commitment to ensure that leaders reflect the broad diversity of the infant-family field, we seek candidates who identify as a member of an underrepresented population, serve children and families in underrepresented populations, reside in diverse geographic locations, and represent a diversity of disciplines which include (but not limited to):
- Infant and early childhood development
- Early care and education
- Infant mental health
- Child welfare
- Home visiting
- Public policy
- Early intervention
- Social work
- Community activists/organizers
The fellowship provides a vast array of experiences that will deepen your knowledge, strengthen your skills, expand your network, and enhance your confidence as a leader and change agent. These experiences include:
- Experiential and reflection retreats—three retreats, each 3 days in length, held in the DC metro area provide opportunity for the class of 10 Fellows to come together for shared learning around specific core content areas and for reflection on issues of leadership, self-awareness, and professional aspirations.
- Self-directed and remote learning—assigned readings, regular conference calls, webinars, and other suggested learning experiences will provide opportunities for extended learning around core content and other areas of interest between retreats.
- Relationship-building and networking—the fellowship provides opportunities to build deep and meaningful relationships between members of the fellowship class. In addition, Fellows will have opportunities to build-relationships and network with ZTT staff, Board members, and Academy Fellows.
- ZTT Professional Meetings—as part of the fellowship experience, Fellows will attend the 2015 National Training Institute (NTI) and the 2016 Scientific Meeting. These professional development opportunities serve to deepen your knowledge and expand your professional network.
- Individualized Support/Mentoring—we are committed to ensuring that each Fellow receives the support necessary for a successful fellowship experience. Based on the unique need(s) of each Fellow, they will be connected to a ZTT staff member, Academy Fellow, or Board member who can provide support and/or mentoring.
The fellowship is organized around the following five major core content areas:
- Action Plan development— The Action Plan is the centerpiece of the Fellowship experience. It is an opportunity for each Fellow to engage in substantive learning and planning around an issue/challenge related to infants and toddlers in your professional context that requires collaboration and collective action to “move the needle” on the issue.
- Leadership development/self-awareness/reflective practice
- Multidisciplinary/cross-sector collaboration and partnership
- Local/state/federal public policy and advocacy
- Verbal/written media communication and messaging
The content areas will be supported through readings, webinars, monthly conference calls, retreat activities, and other fellowship opportunities.
FELLOWSHIP DURATION AND RETREAT DATES
The 2014-16 Fellowship Class will begin November 2014 and end April 2016, which extends across a period of 22 months. The first conference call is in November and the first retreat will be in February 2015.
ATTENDANCE FOR THE FULL PERIOD OF EACH RETREAT IS MANDATORY. The retreat dates are:
- February 4-6, 2015 (Washington, DC)
- May 6–8, 2015 (Washington, DC)
- September 9–11, 2015 (Washington, DC)
- December 9–12, 2015 (at NTI in Seattle, WA)
- April 27–29, 2016 (Graduation at ZTT Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC)
Historically, the ZTT fellowship experience has been provided at no expense to the Fellow. However, we are requesting that each Fellow, to the extent possible, utilize professional development and/or training funds that are available within their organization/agency/institution to help cover travel expenses. If a Fellow does not have access to such funds, ZTT will cover the full cost of the fellowship. The availability, or lack thereof, of professional development/training funds will have NO bearing on the selection process.
NOTE: While international candidates are welcomed to apply for the fellowship, ZERO TO THREE does not cover all costs associated with the fellowship program for International Fellows. Please email Lynette Aytch for details regarding fellowship cost.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
Anyone who is interested in this Fellowship Program can submit an application beginning Monday, August 4th through Sunday, September 14, 2014 (12:00 midnight (Eastern Time). The required components of the application are:
- Completion of the Electronic Fellowship Application
- Two Letters of Recommendation (from individuals who have worked with you in a professional context)
- Resume/Curriculum vita (maximum 5 pages)
- Letter of Commitment (signed by candidate and appropriate supervisor) - Please use template provided in application.
Applications will be reviewed by Selection Committee Teams which will identify the top 20 candidates. Each of these finalists will then have a phone interview with a Finalists Selection Committee. From that group of finalists, 10 candidates will be selected for the 2014–16 Fellowship Class. Selection notification will be made the week of October 27, 2014.
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